Labor and the Fall


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Labor and the Fall
In John Milton’s epic work, Paradise Lost, he explores the consequences of the fall. Milton connects the physical exertion and burden of labor resulting from this disobedience. In examining the role of labor during the prelapsarian and postlapsarian, the changing concept of work and labor are revealed. Milton uses numerous allusions to the Bible and scriptures such as the original disobedience of Eve to God, Moses’s receiving the law on Sinai, Christ’s redemption of mankind, and the creation story to note just a few of these references. The key biblical event reproduced here is the creation of man, and most especially the Fall of man as told in Genesis, but the Fall of man in Paradise Lost is elaborated upon by Milton...
The end:
.....estyle of the prelapsarian state of labor. In both cases, labor is a necessity that must exist. The perception of labor does not change from one instance to the next and is a necessary opposite to rest. Opposites permeate throughout the epic such as day cannot exist without nights, man can not exist without woman, and good cannot exist without evil. Labor itself is not punishment, but the amount of labor and lack of rest is the actual change. Man has always been required to work to enjoy rest but in the prelapsarian world rest was more prevalent than labor, and in the postlapsarian world labor occurs more than rest.
Works Cited
Milton, John. Complete Poems and Major Prose. Ed. Merritt Y. Hughes. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1957.