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How are John Milton’s views presented through the character of Satan in the epic poem ‘’Paradise Lost’’?| |
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Candidate Name: Yao Li
Candidate number: 000322-061
Word Count: 3977
Essay Subject: English
Supervisor: Mr. Young

Contents
Title page……………………………………………………………………………………..1 Contents………………………………………………………………………………………2 Abstract……………………………...……………………………………………………….3 Introduction…………………………………………………………………..……………...4 Body-
The Introduction of Satan…………………………………………………………………...5 Satan’s Fall……………………………………………………………………………………8 Satan: What is being presented? …………………………………………………………13 Conclusion………..………………………………………………………………………...14 Works Cited………………………………………………………………………..……….16

Abstract

This essay will address the question: ‘’How are John Milton’s views presented through the character of Satan in the epic poem ‘’Paradise Lost’’?’’ by focusing on Milton’s initial portrayal of Satan’s glory as a rebel leader in book I, his political prowess in book II, as well as Satan’s eventual fall, in terms of character, in book IV.

This essay will analyze the characterization of Milton’s character of Satan and how this character of such sly heroism presented his personal views and beliefs. Satan’s initial presentation in books I and II in comparison to his supposed ‘’self-hating’’ soliloquy in book IV will be analyzed in terms of what Milton is trying to accomplish through this change of heart. Also, this essay will study the writing styles of Milton and how he utilised his voice as a narrator to suppress Satan’s voice throughout the poem and what this signifies for the character. These goals will be achieved through the assessment of critiques by Waldock and the interpretations as well as notes by Grace and Wheeler.

This essay concludes that Milton shows, through Satan, his views regarding society itself. His views regarding the corruption within the political system, his Christian virtue of obedience, as well as the futility of evildoers are presented within the poem ‘’Paradise Lost’’. .

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Introduction
John Milton, born on December 9th, 1608 in Cheapside, London, England, The United Kingdom, was an English poet as well as a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England during the time of Oliver Cromwell. After the death of ‘The lord Protector’ Oliver Cromwell in 1658, it was a time of political change as well as religious flux in London. This was around the time that John Milton began writing his epic, ‘Paradise Lost’, with the help of his aides due to the fact that he was suffering from blindness. The poem ‘’Paradise Lost’’ was finally published in 1667 and was the focus of many critics at the time due to his other propaganda writings. The epic poem ‘Paradise Lost’ is considered one of the greatest literary works in the English language. The poem focuses on the biblical story of the fall of man and its purpose, stated in book I, is to explain or to ‘’justify the ways of God to men’’ (Book I, line 26). Milton tries to describe the mysterious plan that god has for humankind. He presents, through a unique portrayal of the evil figure of Satan, his own personal beliefs, religious or otherwise. In ‘Paradise Lost’, Milton presents a Satan that is interesting to the common reader and brings to light the question: how can someone who lived in a time where religion was law create a Satan who reflected the heroes of the Iliad or the Aneid? This paper aims to investigate the character of Satan, focusing on books I, II and IV, and how the portrayal of such a gloriously sly character reflects Milton’s humanism while challenging his Christian values (obedience, humility, and forbearance).

The introduction of Satan
From the brief introduction that covered lines 1-26 in book I of ‘Paradise Lost’, Milton quickly goes into description of Satan and the flaming hell that he resides in. Satan’s role in Paradise Lost is clearly defined. Through the lines ``who first seduced them to that...
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