Provide an argument for answering how book 9 justifies God's ways in contrast to Eve's role for humankind's fall in Paradise Lost

In book 9 of Paradise Lost, God's ways are justified in contrast to Eve's because while Eve eats the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and convinces Adam to do the same for purely selfish reasons, God allows this to happen so that he can orchestrate the eventual salvation of mankind and defeat of evil.

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In book 9, Satan creeps into the garden in the form of a serpent and approaches Eve, who is apart from Adam. He raises himself tall in coils, the coils representing his deviousness—he will not be "straight" with Eve but will tell her lies.

Satan speaks to Eve, which surprises her. When she asks how an animal can talk, he tells her it is from eating the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. He takes her to the tree and tells her that the only reason God...

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