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Milton: Paradise Lost: Books 9-10

4. Adam and Eve’s Reconciliation

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In this module, we think about the reconciliation of Adam and Eve after the Fall of Man, focusing in particular on Adam’s initial anger towards his wife, the emergence of Sin and Death into the world, Eve’s offer to sacrifice herself for her husband, and the final reconciliation between the couple.


In this course, Professor Karen Edwards (University of Exeter) explores of Books 9 and 10 of John Milton’s Paradise Lost through five key questions: (1) What do we learn from Satan’s soliloquy and his return to hell? (2) What is the function of Adam and Eve’s argument at the beginning of Book 9? (3) Are Adam and Eve’s falls the same? (4) How are Adam and Eve reconciled after the Fall? (5) What kind of poem is Paradise Lost?


Karen Edwards is Professor of English at the University of Exeter. Her research and teaching focuses on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature, especially the works of John Milton, in the context of natural history, the Bible and religion, and politics. Her recent publications include Milton and the Natural World (1999) and Milton’s Reformed Animals: An Early Modern Bestiary (2005-2009).

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Edwards, K. (2018, August 15). Milton: Paradise Lost: Books 9-10 - Adam and Eve’s Reconciliation [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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