Her fault though great, yet he was most to blame;
What weakness offered, strength might have refused,
Being lord of all, the greater was his shame. (Lanyer 34-36)
In Aemilia Lanyer’s poem “Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women,” Lanyer reinterprets the story of Adam and Eve’s fall from God’s grace, for Adam was “lord of all” and Eve was created form the rib of Adam proving “he was most to blame.” In her poem, Lanyer uses sarcasm to address the issue of female inequality, and uses imagery and ironic undertones to make the poem effective. Her writing provides a convincing argument concerning how women have earned and deserve the right to equality with men.
Lanyer's poem is a reinterpretation of the past has been presented as a ways to demand a better present and future, for women. Lanyer lived in a time where women were more oppressed than they are today, it was frowned upon for women to be writers in her day and she still managed to make a mark with her writings. This great accomplishment for a woman in her world did not, however, change society and make is so it was acceptable for a woman to…show more content… Some humans still stubbornly believe there will be the rewards of immortality and paradise for their ‘goodness’ do not seem to want to accept that without the fall, there would be no human race and Adam and Eve would still be the only people on earth living forever in solitude. Eve, even still today, is treated as the eternal scapegoat for men to reduce, if not entirely, cancel out man’s brief lack of responsibility. With out without religions influence, many men are more likely to point an accusatory finger of judgment at women for things they cannot be blamed for. This poems defense of Eve shows that the progress regarding women’s rights has been shockingly slower than it should have