[Milton-L] Adam's better half

Jessica Watson jessicaalexiswatson at gmail.com
Sun Dec 19 11:16:13 EST 2010


I'm not sure when it all started either, but I do think there is
scholarship on whether or not we as readers are supposed to think Adam
calling Eve his better half is a good thing.

On Sun, Dec 19, 2010 at 10:25 AM, jonnyangel <junkopardner at att.net> wrote:
> All i know is that one plus one doesn't equal one - it equals two. :-)
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> - Jonny
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> On Aug 14, 2010, at 3:50 PM, Jason Kerr wrote:
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> The idea of a spouse or lover as one's "other half" goes back to Plato's
> Symposium, in which one of the speakers (can't recall who at the moment)
> proposes that people were initially created in three genders (male, female,
> and hermaphroditic), but these people were too powerful, so the gods split
> them in two--whence the idea of love as the quest for one's other half. Now,
> as to when this other half became "better" (or "dearer," as Milton has it)
> perhaps another list member will have more insight than I.
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> Jason A. Kerr
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> On Sat, Aug 14, 2010 at 3:38 PM, Jeremiah Douglas <jdcommonly at gmail.com>
> wrote:
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>> Milton's Adam says of Eve in P.L. 5:95 "Best image of myself and dearer
>> half" -- so, when did all this "better half" stuff start?
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>> Jeremiah
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