- Sep 2020
4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.(AR) 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God,(AS) knowing good and evil.”
This verse is referenced heavily throughout contemporary literature. The idea of being tricked or pressured into something you are told is wrong.
the intertextual connection is to the classic tale of, "Little Red Riding Hood." The girl is strictly instructed by her Grandmother to stay on the path to her house. Instead, naive Little Red is tricked by the Wolf to telling her where she is going. The Wolf goes to the Grandmother's house and eats her.
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable(AT) for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. S
An intertextual connection to the "forbidden fruit" referenced in classical literature is William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." In the play, their love for each other is forbidden by both of their families. Just like how God commanded Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Romeo and Juliet pursue their love interests for each other even with their families disapproval. They both end up sacrificing themselves for each other.
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable(AT) for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.
Despite being told by God that she and her husband were not allowed to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Eve gave into her temptations. The idea of the "forbidden fruit" has been carried into other pieces of literature, using an apple to symbolize a character's temptation leading to downfall.
For example, in the fairy tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, when Snow White eats the poisoned apple, offered by the evil witch, who parallels the serpent, she falls into a death-like sleep.
he will crush[j] your head,(BL) and you will strike his heel.”
God curses the serpent after deceiving Eve in the garden, and creates "enmity between [the serpent] and the woman." In the "Harry Potter" series by JK Rowling, the serpent is a symbol of evil, and near the end of the books, is the only piece of evil left to destroy before good can truly be restored.
tree of life
The "tree of life" is used as a symbol in the Bible as the only thing that sets Adam and Eve apart from God, (eternal life), after they come to know good and evil. This, "tree of life" is also an important symbol in Islam beliefs, however, here it is represented as the "tree of immortality", and is known as the "only tree in Eden".
- Source: Wikipedia