I am attempting to write my Epic essay on Virgil and Milton. As you can see, I'm not getting very far.
But I have had a thought.
The reason given by many Christian denominations in past times for the subordination of women was that we were being punished for Eve's "original" sin. Equally, many denominations still believe that a child must be baptised to remove the sin it has been born with, i.e. that it was created through sex, which was made sinful by Eve's eating the forbidden fruit. Ok.
But this means that because our most ancient ancestor commited a sin, we ourselves are in some way imbued with this sin. But why? If this is so, why are we not affected by the sins of all our ancestors? I am sinful because Eve was sinful, but does this also mean that if my Great great great great grandfather was a murderer, that I am also affected by his sin?