This exercise was inspired by an assignment from a class I took at Webster the Spring of 2008. The class was titled “Point of View.” The assignment was to rewrite Genesis from the point of view of Adam, Eve, God or Satan/the serpent, and to experiment with how the story changed based on who was telling it.
With this post I’ve taken the exercise a little farther. As well as experimenting with changes in the story of Genesis, I also wanted to experiment with voice, tone, and character expression. In addition to this, I’ve also re-written the story using the points of view from the four characters mentioned earlier. Each character will have his or her own separate post. At the end of the post, I’ll clarify who it was talking, but hopefully by then it should be obvious.
On a side note, I’m aware that Genesis is a religious story, and I don’t mean for these exercises to express any viewpoints on God, religion, etc. This is just an experiment with point of view, character, and voice; and should only be viewed as such.
I was the king of the world, in the literal sense. The world was different than it is now. It was smaller, nicer. Everything, save the Creator, was under me. All the plants, the fish, the serpents, the mammals, the woman; Eve, she was under me. The way she used to look at me, that love, that adoration . . . I was her sun, her moon, her Earth, her everything, and she loved me. My third son, he likes to criticize our Creator—said it’s wrong to demand love and adoration. Though I punished him for saying such things, I understand why he says them. He doesn’t know. He doesn’t know what it is to have that implicit love, that implicit obedience. I don’t claim to understand the awesomeness of that which is our Creator, but—if our worship of Him is even half of what Eve’s worship was to me—I understand why he demands it.