Eve and her possible “nosy” nature

I thought it was very interesting when (sorry I forget your name), but one of our classmates brought up the very interesting point that, perhaps-and a very strong perhaps- Eve had been eavesdropping on the conversation that took place between Raphael and Adam in Book 8. Although it is never revealed if she actually did or not, the possibility of her eavesdropping would essentially mean that because of her actions, downfall was inevitable. It would also mean she was motivated to separate from Adam, possibly to prove a point. I wonder if Milton purposely kept that information hidden from his audience…

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  1. I’m not sure if I believe that Eve’s actions doomed her to the fall — Adam and Eve are described as constantly seeking knowledge, despite being discouraged. Is eavesdropping truly a sin? Is it not just another form of listening — and how would you know what is forbidden and if what you are hearing has to be secret?

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