Taking the Apple: Adam and Eve in American Literature

Adam and Eve imageThe Story of Adam and Eve has always been iconic throughout the history of Western Civilization, and has made its way into many novels in American literature. One of the most notable of these novels is The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. In the story, Hester falls to temptation and becomes an adulterer; disobeying God as Eve did in The Garden of Eden when she took the apple. Once Adam and Eve eat the apple, they are commanded to toil and procreate as punishment for their original sin just as Hester and Arthur suffered for their own sin. Though they are punished for their sins, both couples learn what it means to be human, and what it means to struggle. Their mistakes even affect the future generations that followed them. With Arthur and Hester, their daughter is known as the adulterers’ daughter while Adam and Eve gave every human the original sin.

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