I prefer to think of this story as showing that there is a shared sense of temptation and a shared sense of responsibility among all -- male, female, and the rest of creation. It doesn't always have to do with temptation or intention when things go wrong - sometimes things just happen (there's nothing particularly immoral about an earthquake, for example, and if a lion eats you, while tragic, it isn't actually an immoral act on the part of the lion). In the Garden of Eden story, we have Eve being tempted by nature to transform herself into something more, and Adam being tempted by both to be similarly transformed.
In a lot of the shared stories of the ancient world, the idea of taking on knowledge or civilization is presented as a double-edged sword -- and you have to take the good with the bad. But I like to think about it in the Pandora's Box kind of way -- while all the evils of knowing what's in the box scatter to the rest of the world, hope remains. While Adam and Eve are banished from the Garden, they still continue their relationship with the divine, and in that is hope.