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Jessica Shelby Professor Watts IAH 207 sec 19 4 November 2010 Twain’s View of Women through the Character of Eve The nineteenth century underwent a lot of changes. It was mostly the women that felt betrayed. As society moved forward, women were less and less included. Many authors published and portrayed their thoughts on this issue. The Bible According to Mark Twain , written by Mark Twain, reflects his opinion on this matter. According to Twain, women were well needed and indeed smart enough to help with the shaping of life. Throughout the book, the characters Adam and Eve share their thoughts in their own separate diaries. Because the book is read from an actual viewpoint the whole time, Twain is able to contribute his own opinion through the characters. Twain uses the character Eve to represent the majority of women in the nineteenth century, and he depicts Eve as being a major influence to the advancements her society undergoes. In Eve’s diary, the first couple of times Eve sees Adam she describes him as being very lazy and boring. One Sunday Eve watches him rest in a tree and explains, “Sunday isn’t the day to rest; Saturday is appointed for that” (22). Earlier in Adam’s diary he notes, “I believe I see what the week is for; it is to give time to rest up from the weariness of Sunday” (10). Because Eve relates Sunday as “the” resting day implies it is the only day, whereas Adam chooses multiple days for resting. Eve goes on to explain how lazy Adam is, “It looks to me like a creature that is more interested in resting than anything else. It would tire me to rest so much. It tires me just to sit here and watch the tree. I do wonder what it is for; I never see it do anything” (22). Here Eve explains that Adam is so lazy it actually makes her tired to watch. Relating to women in Twain’s world, if women were to follow men’s examples, then they would become tired. Thus, their men would be bringing them down.
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Adam and Eve have very different interpretations of what is important in their new life. Eve names all the animals and claims Adam has “no gift in that line” (23). However, Adam writes “…she continues to fasten names on things that don’t need them and don’t come when they are called, which is a matter of no consequence to her…” (10). He does not see the importance of a name being assigned to something if that name cannot be used in practical ways, such as getting
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