“In the Beginning: 4004 b.c.e.”

(Great Characters in Literature)

Adam

Adam, the first man, created by the splitting of Lilith into male and female. Adam is dull and plodding, the tradition-bound agrarian who adheres to conventional morality solely from a lack of curiosity.

Eve

Eve, who eagerly eats the Forbidden Fruit to trade the agonies of individual immortality for racial immortality. Eve, the eternally curious, has a compulsion to create. Dissatisfied by both Adam’s passivity and Cain’s senseless hunger for glory, she yearns for something better.

The Serpent

The Serpent, a wise and beneficent female serpent. She frees Adam and Eve from the burden of immortality and tells them that their wills have the power to create anything they desire.

Cain

Cain, the archetype of the ruling-class man: the destroying man and the exploiting man. Cain demonstrates that it is “the Voice of God” that makes him kill, while it is “the Voice of the Devil” that tells Adam, “Thou shall not kill.”

Enoch

Enoch, the intellectual who, while young, manufactures doctrines to justify Cain’s rapacity. Fortunately, Enoch lives long enough to understand “the Voice” more clearly and to repudiate Cain.

Lua

Lua, Eve’s daughter and Cain’s wife. For her own greedy ends, she encourages Cain’s conquests.