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Paradise Lost

SATAN’S FIRST SPEECH: Satan acknowledges how utterly his confederate, Beelzebub, has been changed, for the worse, by the devils' defeat, but stresses fact that they are still united in their fall. He recognizes God's superior strength, but points out that he now knows the extent of God's power, previously unknown because untried. Despite the change they have outwardly undergone, Satan stresses the unchanged nature of his attitude to God's Son, “the potent Victor”. “All is not lost” because Satan will never submit freely to God's authority. Satan suggests that God's rule was endangered by his revolt, that he will never sink to the indignity of asking forgiveness, and outlines his intention of conducting further warfare against God. Satan's speech smacks of wishful thinking; he speaks boastfully, but at the same time tortured by pain and profound despair. SATAN’S SECOND SPEECH: With his second speech, Satan sweeps off all doubts from his friend's mind. "To be weak is miserable, doing or suffering." If God attempts to turn evil into good, it must be the sacred duty of the fallen angels to foil his attempts and turn all good to evil. God has now withdrawn all his forces and is in a confounded state. They should not let this opportunity slip. It is imperative that all of them should assemble and consult how they may hereafter most offend their enemy, best repair their own loss. The audacity and superb self-confidence of Satan are well brought out in these words. He seizes the opportunity to mobilize his forces once again, conscious of the crushing defeat that he and his followers have suffered. Satan is trying to infuse fresh courage into them. His speech shows a heroic quality.

SATAN’S THIRD SPEECH: Lines 242-270 is Satan accepting Hell as his new thrown, stating “be it so” since being farther from God is best. The lines “The mind is its own place, and in itself/ Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n.” reminds me of a quote from Hamlet -...
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