An Analysis of Adam and Eve’s Motivations


Adam and Eve were put in the Garden of Eden so that they can live and do according to the will of God. The two were prohibited from eating the fruit that was found on the tree in the middle of the Garden of Eden. The purpose of this paper is to express reading on the motivations that led Adam and Eve to disobey God as in book nine of Paradise Lost by John Milton.

Eve’s Motivations

The motivation that led to Eve from disobeying God was the idea of splitting and staying separately, as she suggested to Adam. Although Adam did not approve of the idea, Eve was more prone to falling on Satan’s temptations since the serpent coached her about evil and good (Milton 197). According to Milton’s argument, Eve sought to explore if she could defend her free will distinctly (Milton 207). That is when Satan lured Eve, who seemed to entice Adam since she was attracted to her husband.

Eve disobeyed God due to the influence of Satan after the serpent managed to eat the apples from the tree of knowledge. Eve got amazed at realizing that the serpent could speak and went ahead to ask him what had happened. Satan mentioned that he had eaten some apples at the center of the garden, which made him have the capability to talk (Milton 749). Eve got motivated to eat the apples and see whether she could find other wonders that Satan had promised, including the power to rule with their Creator.

Adam’s Motivations

The sense of curiosity and inquisitiveness toward the idea of the ‘tree of knowledge’ led to Adam’s persuasion of Eve to take the apple. At the same time, he thought of Satan’s persuasive words which Eve had narrated and got motivated to take the fruit, leading to disobedience to God (Milton 902). Adam was convinced by Eve that God would not punish them for such a mistake and he would have more authority over the entire creation.

Adam was persuaded to take the fruit since Eve explained that it has a magic power that would bring equal joy and equal love. On learning that it would bring love and joy, which they had not achieved yet in the garden, Adam took the fruit, and he understood how powerful it was, not knowing that he had already disobeyed God (Milton 950). Therefore, the trick that the serpent played and the aggressiveness to have a power led Adam to take part in disobedience of God’s rules in the Garden of Eden.


From the analysis, Adam and Eve had different motivations that led to their fall from the garden of Eden. Eve wanted to explore what the serpent told her while Adam wanted to have an experience of what Eve told him. Eve’s motivations were based on the nature that she had of listening to the serpent and the attractiveness that the fruit had. Adam was motivated mostly by the perceived change that would come after they ate the forbidden fruit.

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Milton, John. Paradise Lost. University Press, 1972.

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