The Great Gatspy

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Corey McCloud
Cooley
AP English
30 November 2012
Paradise Lost – Book 2
So he with difficulty and labour hard
Mov'd on, with difficulty and labour hee;
But hee once past, soon after when man fell,
Strange alteration! Sin and Death amain
Following his track, such was the will of Heav'n (Milton 1021-1025) As I read it, this section says that God damned Satan to Hell and then forced Sin and Death to follow him, though he had no memory of how they were created, to remind him of his evils. I really liked this part in general with Sin and Death because it’s the beginning of Milton shattering the reader’s illusion of liking Satan by showing how messed up he is. But from the Author of all ill could Spring

So deep a malice, to confound the race
Of mankind in one root, and Earth with Hell
To mingle and involve, done all to spite
The great Creatour? But thir spite still serves (Milton 381-385) This is the beginning of the devils’ and their minions’ great plan to get back at God. I like the angle it takes on why Satan opts to wage his war with God in the way he does, because it shows that even Satan is aware that his situation could be much worse. This adds another level to Satan as a character and gives him an intelligent level of passive aggression that shows he’s not just a hothead who is out to prove some overarching point. Sin intercedes to prevent battle between Satan and Death 

By John Martin
The image shows Satan front and center drawing back a spear preparing to strike the shadowy figure of death with Sin in the middle trying to stop the fighting. This is probably the best of all the paintings we have that depict this scene because it focuses on the contrast color and shade wise between Satan and Death, though it does lack in showing the dogs up to Sin’s waist.

Dante’s Divine Comedy – Cantos 32/XXXII
If I had rhymes both rough and stridulous,
  As were appropriate to the dismal hole
  Down upon which thrust all the other rocks,
I would press...
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