There are many interpretations of this story and what the authors meant by it. My favorite one at the moment, even though not necessarily the best explanation is the following:
Since the story revolves around the tree of knowledge, the story is a simplified, metaphorical version of the path humans took to gain consciousness. In short, the dangers of the world, represented by the snake, caused humans to become smarter in order to survive. The punishments each of the characters got are the following: Eve paid the price for this by increased suffering in childbirth - humans had to be born with large heads, which makes childbirth more difficult than other mammals', children pay it by being at greater danger from snakes (predators) - having large head makes them immobile for the large part of their infancy, and Adam paid it via hard work for the rest of his life - being smart makes you aware of possible future suffering that makes you work hard in the present in order to avoid it.
I would like to hear what you think of this, and any other theories you might have are also welcome.
Interesting explanation! It kind of opposes the other interpretations which take the garden eden etc. as reality.
I have read this somewhere: The tree of knowledge wasn't magickal! The act of eating the apple and therefore breaking the law of god (not eating the fruits of the tree of knowledge in the middle of the garden) kind of triggered the change adam and eve experienced afterwards because they did something by their own accord. And then there is the original bible story. I don't know other versions/theories.
I read once it was an intelligence core computer with many tendrils with glowing round ends. Once those attached to the head info was downloaded. The snake was a protective virus that corrupted those trying to link with the core. Unless permission was granted by the alien hive lords most beings or simulacrums were destroyed. The A.D.A.M. and E.V.E. Units weren’t fully finished and activated early. They found the nodes and were in the corruption process since they did not have the access codes. The creators not wanting to scrap them entirely sent them to a NACELLE names Terra or Earth. More of a dumping ground to test life forms viability.
This is a good semblance of my thinking of this always unraveling tale about a portion of reality we are taught as though it happened in a distant space and time. It is a great springboard for not only some intriguing intellectual chitchat but, more importantly, could lead to some revelation of what is going on as the Garden Adam attempts even to-day to get all the bits and pieces back to where it was before that punishing digestion. Hint: the modern-day Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil is reliance on computer-based systems such as the internet.