Genesis Literary Analysis

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In the book of Genesis in the King James Version of the Bible, men and women appear both equal before the creation of sin. After the creation of sin, we see the creation of a patriarchal society, which in turn leads to the treatment of women as flat characters instead of static characters throughout the entirety of Genesis. In Genesis, we see that women act one-dimensional through the portrayal of Eve and Sarai where they exist just to further on the story of the men in Genesis. Eve represents the mother of all of humanity; however, for such an important character in the Bible, she does not receive the development she deserves as a person, and the development Eve does face only act to further on the development of her husband Adam. Eve does…show more content…
When Abram and Sarai go to Egypt Sarai appears as a beautiful woman, “And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair. The princes also of Pharaoh saw her … and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house” (12:14-15). Men look at Sarai in terms of her beauty and her ability to have children and nothing else. The beauty of Sarai leads to the Pharaoh wanting to have her to himself without regard for Abram as Abram calls Sarai his sister in order to not become murdered and have his wife stolen from him (12:12). Beauty and the ability to child bear create Sarai as a character in Genesis, making her one dimensional and furthering the men in the Bible. Eve and Sarai prove that woman in the book of Genesis act one dimensional in service to the patriarchy and the furthering of men in the Bible. The woman in the Bible do not have growth as punishment and cannot become characters that act separate from men. This differentiates from the beginning of Genesis where men and women had equality before sin, now because of the crime against humanity that Eve committed women become forced to follow under man. The women act as flat characters because they cannot grow as a three dimensional character, and remain there only for the purpose of the men’s
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