Did anyone else feel like crying after yesterday’s class? Reading the last lines of Paradise Lost and thinking about Adam and Eve being led off the cliff from Paradise then turning around to find themselves completely alone (not with the angel, but they aren’t alone… I guess Providence is with them) made my eyes water up. It’s so beautiful and so sad because they’re literally all alone in the world and they have all this horrible stuff coming to them, but they have each other.
I wonder if they have hope. I wrote down in my notes that I perhaps hope is something better for before the fall, because after the fall surely it wouldn’t be used to comfort people but instead make them lazier — now I’m not so sure. Before the fall it probably was somewhat tied into the love Adam and Eve had for each other, but they did have a need for hope. Then again, it is not going to be helpful after the fall now that mankind just sucks over all. It seems that hope really does sit between a fallen world and a world regained. I used to think it was silly to keep hope in Pandora’s Box, but really, it’s something that could have caused the fall before Satan.