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Eve and puns

Any dictionary will tell us that a "pun" is a play on words, either on different senses of the same word or on the similar sense or sound of different words. However, what the dictionary does not show is how the use of puns can be applied to the analysis of characters in literature. The first one that comes to my mind is Eve, the biblical character who has appeared countless of times in millions of books and magazines throughout the history of mankind. 
Eve´s personality has been analyzed under different perspectives and to such an extent, that it does not come as a surprise that some of those perspectives or points of view are very often contradictory. Many modern scholars tend to describe her as a character who fought with all her strenth for her own independence. This specific analysis on Eve clashes with the point of view that most authors had until the 20th century. Their  depiction of Eve was very often based on the idea that she was evil, vile and because of her we l…