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Bryan Shelley

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198122845

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122845.001.0001

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The Myths of Eden

The Myths of Eden

(p.134) 7 The Myths of Eden
Shelley and Scripture

Bryan Shelley

Oxford University Press

A political hope was shown in Shelley's Queen Mab that a ‘garden’ that is viewed to exceed the beauty of Eden will come about through material progress. However, in the Defence, he expressed that ‘a paradise was created as out of the wrecks of Eden’ wherein love serves as the means of attaining what is viewed to be eternal, or an Eden that is not affected by change and time. Also, Shelley suggested an understanding that concerns how Eden and its realms are not reachable in this life since Eden cannot exist without Eve. As this chapter explores the notion of achieving something that even resembles the garden of Eden, it also looks into how the garden is often associated with woman in connection with Eve, and how some feminine ideals are often expressed.

Keywords:   Queen Mab, Defence, paradise, Eden, Eve, woman, garden, love

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