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  • Paradise Lost - 936 Words
    Throughout “Paradise Lost”, Satan slowly degenerates both mentally and physically as he turns from a fallen archangel into the lowest form of a serpent. He possesses some of his former pre-fall qualities; however, he becomes so tormented mentally that his physical appearance slowing conforms to the evil inside of him. His “honorable” motives even become corrupted throughout. This regression of Satan’s character throughout the poem illustrates the way Milton believes sin originated in the...
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  • Paradise Lost - 733 Words
    Tyler Hands Mr. Colvard Humanities 11CP 11/15/12 Hell’s Hero Heroism is a word thrown around throughout any day and age but the age old question is what makes a ‘Hero’? By Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero, “The tragic hero is a character of noble stature and has greatness…the hero’s downfall, is partially hers/his own fault…the punishment exceeds the crime.” (“Aristotle” I) Throughout Milton’s Paradise Lost, he tries to justify the ways of God to Man (I. 122) and in his attempt one...
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  • Paradise Lost - 18759 Words
    Satan as the Hero of Paradise Lost Satan Arousing the Rebel Angels, William Blake (1808) Leontien Kouwenhoven 1260707 Supervisor: Dr. J. R. Veenstra Second Reader: Prof. Dr. A. A. MacDonald 06-03-2009 Doctoraalscriptie Engelse Taal- en Cultuur Faculteit der Letteren Rijksuniversiteit Groningen Wordcount: 17.325 Table of Contents 1. Introduction 1 2. Background 5 3. Satan 13 4. Hell 21 5. Sin 30 6. Conclusion 39 7. Works Cited 43 1. Introduction Can the devil be an epic hero?...
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  • Paradise Lost - 554 Words
    In what ways does “Paradise Lost” reflect John Milton’s Puritan Beliefs? Introduction Paradise Lost is a poem by John Milton that is about the Fall of Man, how Adam and Eve were tempted by the serpent who is Satan, and how God sent them out of the garden. Satan makes the angels turn against God leading to his expulsion out of paradise as well. God’s mercy, the son of God and the ultimate salvation and redemption are brought out in this epic poem. The poem is a series of arguments that were an...
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  • Paradise Lost - 2437 Words
    BOOK 9 ANALYSIS Milton begins Book IX as he began Books I and VII: with an invocation and plea for guidance, as well as a comparison of his task to that of the great Greek and Roman epics, the Iliad, Odyssey, and the Aeneid. Milton explains by way of this invocation that Adam and Eve’s fall is the major event that occurs in Paradise Lost. Their fall is the poem’s climax, even though it comes as no surprise. By describing the fall as tragic, Milton conveys the gravity and seriousness of this...
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  • Paradise Lost - 942 Words
    There had been many poems read throughout the semester that are intriguing, surprising, and romantic; but none more than Paradise Lost. It has put the story of creation into a drama filled epic that takes you through heaven, hell, and the Garden of Eden. “Long is the way- And hard, that out of Hell leads up to Light.” (Milton.Book2) Many intriguing characters, and dialogues including Satan and his army of devils, God and his devoted angels, and the creation of man- Adam and Eve. Satan is by...
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  • Paradise Lost - 340 Words
    Paradise Lost While contrasting the attitudes, and results of Jesus in the Bible, with the attitudes and results of Satan in the book Paradise Lost I discovered many comparing themes. The attitudes of Jesus that we find in the Bible are great examples for us all on how to live our lives, compared to the attitudes of Satan, whose life we may not want to follow in an example. Always when we understand Jesus’ true character, we find that Satan’s true character is the exact opposite of His....
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  • Paradise Lost - 253 Words
    One of Milton's strengths used in his epic Paradise Lost is his vivid imagery. He uses imagery not only for visual impact but also for reinforcing themes and characterization. Many of the images used pertain to light and dark, which help to convey his main purpose of justifying the ways of God to man and illustrating Hell. Milton justifies the ways of God to man all throughout his story. Line twenty-two explains to man that God can make the darkness in one's life go away by bringing "light"...
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  • Paradise Lost - 437 Words
    Paradise Lost In the epic poem, Paradise Lost by John Milton, he uses the theme of jealousy. Milton uses many examples of this theme throughout the poem. He uses Satan’s jealousy of God’s power, Heaven, and Adam and Eve as examples of the theme of jealousy. Satan’s jealousy of God is one way that Milton conveys this theme of jealousy in the epic poem. Milton describes how Satan is jealous of God’s position and wants to be equal to him. In book five, Raphael explains to Adam the...
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  • Paradise Lost - 462 Words
    Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton. It was originally published in 1667 in ten books. A second edition followed in 1674, redivided into twelve books (in the manner of the division of Virgil's Aeneid) with minor revisions throughout and a note on the versification. The poem concerns the Christian story of the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Milton's purpose,...
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  • Paradise Lost - 383 Words
    Paradise Lost is an epic poem, written by the poet John Milton, that tells the biblical story of the events surrounding the Fall of Adam and Eve. As much as anything, it ultimately expresses Milton’s personal truth by presenting the fundamentals of christian theology. It is composed in blank verse that achieves both rhythm and sound through the use of the iambic pentameter. ‘Paradise Lost’ has received mixed reactions from the time it was published in the 17th century to the modern age,...
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  • Paradise Lost - 1145 Words
    Queenie Proctor British Literature Ms. Baker October 25, 2012 Peace or Chaos: The Choice is Yours The statement misery loves company is well expressed in Book I of Paradise Lost, by John Milton. Satan is jealous of God’s command and decides him and an army of other rebellious angels will challenge God and overthrow Him as the ruler of heaven. Satan and the others woke in hell; they had just lost the battle against God. The results of their rebellion lost these disobedient angels access...
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  • Paradise Lost - 1106 Words
    PARADISE LOST ~ A BRIEF OVERVIEW In the mid-seventeenth century, John Milton was a successful poet and political activist. He wrote scathing pamphlets against corruption in the Anglican Church and its ties to King Charles. In Milton’s day Puritanism meant having politically radical views. And at one point Milton was actually jailed for recording them on paper. Paradise Lost, as much as anything, is a series of arguments put forth by the characters, which in turn ultimately expresses Milton’s...
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  • Paradise Lost - 988 Words
    Looking at John Milton's Paradise Lost, we can see that there are the two ideas of damnation and salvation through reconciliation present in the characters of Satan and Adam & Eve, respectively. It is Satan's sin of pride that first causes him to fall from God's grace and into the bowels of hell. This same pride is also what keeps him from being able to be reconciled to God, and instead, leads him to buy into his own idea of saving himself. With Adam & Eve, we see that although...
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  • Paradise Lost - 2031 Words
    John Milton was born in Bread Street, Cheapside, London, on the 9th of December 1608. The first sixteen years of Milton's life, coinciding with the last sixteen of the reign of James I. His father, a prosperous business man, was known ass a man of great taste, and was interested in the music of London at the time. Music was thus a part of the poet's life since birth. His father forced him to get an education in all scholarly areas. He was taught by Puritan clergymen who gave Milton his extreme...
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  • Paradise Lost - 623 Words
    Paradise Lost The Character of Satan Most readers of “Paradise Lost” by Milton, consider Satan to be the hero, or protagonist, of the story, because he struggles to overcome his own doubts and weaknesses and accomplishes his goal of corrupting humankind. This goal, however, is evil, and Adam and Eve are the moral heroes at the end of the story, as they help to begin humankind’s slow process of redemption and salvation. Satan is far from being the story’s object of admiration, as most...
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  • Paradise Lost - 524 Words
    Internal Conflicts in Paradise Lost John Milton summarizes the content of the entire poem in the first thirty-two lines. However, the reader is left with uncertainty when he declares: “That to the height of this great argument / I may assert Eternal Providence, / and justify the ways of God to men” (I. 24-26). Milton is unclear about which ways of God he wants to justify. The cause and effect text structure in lines 1-32 adds to the confusion as Milton contradicts himself when he says...
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  • Paradise Lost - 748 Words
    Paradise Lost, written by John Milton, describes the fall of man within the Garden of Eden in a highly descriptive form compared to a contemporary Biblical form. The book begins with Satan’s revolt against Gods rule in heaven and his cast into hell. The book ends with the fall of man due to negligence to obey Gods commands, which leads to Adam and Eve’s departure from Eden and inevitably causes the rest of mankind to live in sin after her decision. In Book IV of Paradise Lost, Eve states...
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  • Paradise Lost - 432 Words
    PARADISE LOST Paradise Lost is divided into twelve books. In Book I Milton explains the theme of his work, man’s disobedience to God, his expulsion from Heaven and the story of the rebel angels sent to Hell. In Book II the angels meet in council to decide what they will do. In Book III God makes a speech on man’s freedom to choose between good and evil. In Book IV Satan observes the happiness of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. In Book V God sends Raphael to warn Adam. In Book VI the war...
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  • Paradise Lost - 1121 Words
    Paradise Lost Q. “Adam’s disobedience surpasses the virtue of most fallen men.” Do you agree, or do you find Adam a weak character? Adam and Eve, the first man and the first woman, the predecessors of man, are the only two human beings in the epic poem of Milton. Before their fall from the paradise, they are as remote from any known human beings as any being of this world from the other world. They live a life of idyllic happiness. In the Garden of Eden, they have little to do but to lop...
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  • Paradise Lost - 497 Words
    Marriage Milton first presents Adam and Eve in Book IV with impartiality. The relationship between Adam and Eve is one of "mutual dependence, not a relation of domination or hierarchy." While the author does place Adam above Eve in regard to his intellectual knowledge, and in turn his relation to God, he also grants Eve the benefit of knowledge through experience. Hermine Van Nuis clarifies that although there is a sense of stringency associated with the specified roles of the male and the...
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  • Hero of Paradise Lost - 471 Words
    Paradise Lost is an “epic” poem in every sense of the word. Long, mystical, and controversial, it certainly elicits a lot of thought. One discussion to be had is the idea of heroism as portrayed by the poem. My contention is that Satan is the hero of the story. Paradise Lost is a poem filled with puppets, people who follow the orders of others without utilizing very much thought of their own. Satan, on the other hand, actually believes in something. He does not obey just to obey. He has the...
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  • Satan and Jesus in Paradise Lost
    Satan and Jesus in Paradise Lost The subject, the drama, and the importance of Paradise Lost is grand. The epic represents what can be accomplished with the English language as sounds and syntax are carefully crafted. But the work is not shallow, because Milton argues forcefully the wisdom and justice of God Almighty for His dealings with mankind. In the words of Samuel Johnson, Milton attempts to show "the reasonableness of religion." No doubt, Ezra Pound represents the most vocal...
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  • compairson of Frankenstein and Paradise Lost
    Comparison of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to John Milton’s Paradise Lost Class: ENG 242-620 Instructor: Shaut Assignment: Research Essay #1 – Frankenstein Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and John Milton’s Paradise Lost have many similarities. This may be due to Mary taking influences from Paradise Lost to add to her story. Paradise Lost is the same as Frankenstein in design by defining man’s place in the universe. They both describe the forces that threaten humankind. In...
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  • John Milton Paradise Lost
    Satan in the Path of the Hero In this paper Satan in Paradise Lost will be put to the test of the path of the hero. People may think Satan would not be considered a hero but does the hero have to be good to be a good character? Even though Satan is evil he follows he Path of the Hero extremely well. Satan is a hero to the rebel angels in the story he is their leader and is considered their hero. Satan in the book became angry when God gave a position to his son when Satan felt that he...
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  • Paradise Lost, Original Sin
    The Real Original Sin When John Milton wrote the epic poem Paradise Lost, his vision about how the books would effect peoples lives, even to this day could not be for seen. Since these books follow the same story about the first man and women most people know the basic concept already. Milton’s story, like most other epics starts in medias res, right after Satan’s failed attack to take over heaven. With God’s knowledge of Adam and Eve’s inevitable failure questions the idea of why sin had to...
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  • Paradise lost illusions - 497 Words
    Allusions to Milton’s Paradise Lost in Frankenstein 1. The story of Paradise Lost a. Story of Adam and Eve’s disobedience and subsequent fall from grace i. Satan and Rebel angels decide to corrupt God’s creations—Adam and Eve ii. Satan builds a bridge between Hell and Earth iii. God forms a Council of his Angels and his son (Jesus) volunteers himself to make a sacrifice for all humankind iv. Satan disguised as a cherub is able to surpass the Archangel and enters paradise 1. Paradise=Eden...
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  • Paradise Lost vs Genesis
    Paradise Lost vs. Genesis 3:1-6 In the book of Genesis 3:1-6, the passage teaches the story of how Satan tempts Eve into causing the act that leads to the “fall of mankind”. Of this biblical account, is where John Milton gained inspiration for the idea of is work, Paradise Lost. Milton’s storyline and broad array of imagery portray the tale in a different light than that told in the Bible. While both accounts of “the fall”, are used to convey the same story and outcome, the two versions share...
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  • The Role of Eve in Paradise Lost
    The importance Milton attached to Eve’s role in Paradise Lost and in the Garden of Eden is now recognised and acknowledged. (Green, 1996) Milton’s treatment of Adam and Eve’s relationship is complex. Sometimes referring to them in ways that indicate equality, (ibid) sometimes stressing their separateness as individuals (ibid) and other times they are complementary halves of a whole. (ibid) Taking on the view that many support; that Milton intended Eve to seem completely inferior to Adam, we can...
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  • Humanism in Light of a Lost Paradise
    E***** W****** Professor W***** B****** World of Humanism and Reform 29 April 2013 Humanism in Light of a Lost Paradise Man may argue whether or not a Christian who claims to gather all their knowledge, wisdom, and reason from the divine God can be a humanist or not but it is obvious in Milton’s case, especially in light of his most well-known piece Paradise Lost, that this can be true. The notion of a Christian humanist is based on spiritual and moral achievement required to earn merit as...
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  • Hierarchies of Importance in Paradise Lost
    Hierarchies of Importance in Paradise Lost A hierarchy is any system of persons or things that are ranked above one another and can be found throughout all natural environments and different aspects of life. Hierarchies provide structure and prevent chaos because there is an overpowering authority at the very top of the chain that makes sure every rank below stays in line. Through the epic poem Paradise Lost, it is apparent that John Milton believed that all of creation was built on the...
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  • Paradise Lost - Pride - 362 Words
    'Pride goeth before the fall' Proverbs 16:18 In Milton's “Paradise Lost”, Adam and Eve might be considered tragic "heroes" in the sense that they knowingly doom themselves to be removed from Paradise, and are thus subjected to the harsh, new world, and yet persevere with the hope for a better future. What makes their act of sin...
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  • Paradise Lost Critical Analasis
    Paradise Lost Critical Analysis “Should God create another Eve, and I Another rib afford, yet loss of thee Would never from my heart; no no, I feel The Link of Nature draw me: Flesh of Flesh, Bone of my Bone thou art, and from thy State Mine never shall be parted, bliss or woe.” (9.911) John Milton believes it is his responsibility to enlighten the world that predestination and free will can exist simultaneously. He uses the very well-known story of Adam and Eve, and elaborates the...
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  • Jon Milton Paradise Lost
    Is satan hero? Can the devil be an epic hero? This seems to be the case in John Milton’s Paradise Lost, the great epic from the English Renaissance. Milton’s Satan is brave, resourceful and powerful and an excellent leader as well. Milton’s introduction of Satan shows the reader how significant Satan is to Paradise Lost. He uses Satan’s heroic qualities to his followers, and his ability to corrupt to show the thin line between good and evil. Satan was one of the highest angels in Heaven,...
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  • Frankenstein vs Paradise Lost
    Frankenstein vs. Paradise Lost In the books Frankenstein, by Mary Shelly and Paradise lost, by John Milton both have striking similarities. Frankenstein a tale of a man who brings a monster, made of different parts from deceased beings, to life and wreaks havoc on his life. Paradise Lost focused on exposing "the cruelty of Christianity or the Christian God" (Frankenstein) and tells the story of Adam and Eve. Even in Frankenstein, Paradise Lost is mentioned when the monster reads the book and...
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  • Paradise Lost or Agony Found?
    PARADISE LOST OR AGONY FOUND? John Milton, a very highly acclaimed poet of the Renaissance Period, is most noted for his works which carried emphasis on the Bible. The most heralded of these works, "Paradise Lost", revisits the very first story of the Bible. Milton attempts to justify his religion and his beliefs by going into further detail with the story and making it a lot more user friendly. With the use of themes, symbols, and motifs Milton creates a highly entertaining and explanatory...
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  • Paradise Lost the Devil Compar
    How does John Milton portray Satan in his poem, "Paradise Lost"? In this epic poem, Satan's traits include pride, treachery, and persistent spitefulness. I believe that these character traits compare to the leadership of Howe Military School. Satan commits many prideful acts throughout the poem. This shows when Milton writes, "what time his pride / Had cast him out of Heaven, with all his host / of rebel angels, by whose aid aspiring / To set himself in glory above his peers"(36-39)....
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  • Paradise Lost and Rape of the Lock
     Paradise Lost and Rape of the Lock When we think of an epic poem, we rapidly turn our minds to a world of adventures and deeds of heroic or legendary figures. Amongst the greatest epic poems stands John Milton’s Paradise Lost, a traditional epic based on the biblical story of the “fall of mankind”. There also exists a form of satire of the classical epic poem that adapts the elevated heroic style to a trivial subject; this is called a mock epic. Alexander Pope wrote by these means the Rape...
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  • Paradise Lost and Tis Pity
    1 - 'Language has the ability to make sin look attractive' Tis Pity was published by John Ford in 1633 and is set in Italy, the heart of the Renassiance. John Milton published Paradise Lost in 1667, relatively soon after John Ford, and was the first epic poem to be written in blank verse. Both writers push the boundaries of literature by exploring untouched, taboo subjects: incest and The Fall of Man. During this period of time, soon after the Renassiance period, many artists and writers...
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  • Paradise Lost, Satan - 1037 Words
    Power due allowance The story starts when Satan, the once radiant Lucifer, and his angels lay in a formless, sulphurous lake of fire having just been driven out of Heaven. Their fall had sent them plummeting through space from their heavenly home down to Hell, leaving them beaten senseless. After lying unconscious for nine days, Satan and his demons begin to rouse themselves. Accustomed to living in heavenly glory, they find their new home horrifying, and convened a council to determine how...
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  • The Role of Satan Paradise Lost
    John Milton's characterization of Satan in "Paradise Lost" has been the subject of much debate for three and a half centuries. Much of this debate has centered on the issue of his true role within the work. Did Milton intend his Satan to represent the classic incarnation of evil and villany established by Christian mythology or did he carefully craft a version of Satan with which the reader is supposed to sympathize? The problem with this question is the stigma associated with Satan himself....
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  • The Tempest Compared to Paradise Lost
    The play, The Tempest, by William Shakespeare and the poem Paradise Lost, by John Milton are similarly written during the same time period of the sixteenth century. Both author’s create characters who have congruent roles, yet still make them different and unique. Not only do the writers use character roles that are related, but they also use coinciding settings, weather situations, and wording. Throughout this essay I will discuss and provide examples to support my theory. In The Tempest,...
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  • Who Is the Hero in Paradise Lost
    Who is the Hero in Paradise Lost? In John Milton’s epic, Paradise Lost, Milton retells the story of Genesis and the fall of man. One might think that because of the Bible, the hero would most likely be God or Jesus, but there are other possibilities in this story. A basic description of a hero would be, a man, a fundamentally good person confronting challenges and overcoming them successfully. Satan, in this epic, confronts many challenges and battles severe character flaws, thus Satan is...
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  • Paradise Lost Theme - 873 Words
    When John Milton begins the poem of Paradise Lost he states that the theme of this story will be “Mans first disobedience”. The ideas of obedience/disobedience were one of the most common themes seen throughout the poem of Paradise Lost. Within it, all sins are seen as acts of disobedience against God. The poem tells the story of how Adam and Eve disobeyed God, and even further describes Satan’s disobedience. Once the first disobedient act occurs, there are usually two moral paths that one can...
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  • Rebellion in Paradise Lost - 836 Words
    17th Century English Literature Discuss the ideas of rebellion and authority in Paradise Lost by John Milton and George Herbert’s Denial and The Collar. Paradise Lost was published for the first time in 1667, whereas Herbert’s two poems were published in 1633. This period was called the Restoration. It started in England in 1660 under King Charles II, who restored the monarchy in England, Scotland and Ireland. The literature at that time was dominated by Christian writings and praises to...
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  • Paradise Lost: Sympathy for Satan
    Sympathy for Satan John Milton spent years trying to think of an idea to base his epic on; an idea that would make his epic last centuries and never be forgotten. His desire came to life since his work lives in history, along with Homer, Virgil and Dante. Finally, he found a muse in God and in the dawn of creation; rather than in earthly matters. John Milton’s intention while writing his epic was not to make Satan a hero, however, many people perceive such an idea. Instead, he simply wanted...
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  • John Milton's Paradise Lost
    In John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Adam and Eve are portrayed as innocent and susceptible creatures. Knowing that Adam and Eve were vulnerable and could easily be influenced, Satan took advantage. Satan was seeking revenge on God, and the easiest way for him to do this was to tempt God’s most prized possessions. “But I should ill become this throne, O peers, And this imperial sov’reignty, adorned With splendor, armed with power, if aught proposed and judged of public moment in the shape Of...
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  • Good and Evil in Paradise Lost
    Good vs. Evil according to Milton in Paradise Lost. John Milton divided the characters in his epic poem Paradise Lost into two sides, one side under God representing good, and the other side under Satan representing evil and sin. Milton first introduced the reader to the character Satan, the representative of all evil, and his allegiance of fallen angels that aided in his revolt against God. Only later did Milton introduce the reader to all powerful God, leader and creator of all mankind....
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  • Major themes in Paradise Lost
    Critical Essays Major Themes in Paradise Lost Modern criticism of Paradise Lost has taken many different views of Milton’s ideas in the poem. One problem is that Paradise Lost is almost militantly Christian in an age that now seeks out diverse viewpoints and admires the man who stands forth against the accepted view. Milton’s religious views reflect the time in which he lived and the church to which he belonged. He was not always completely orthodox in his ideas, but he was devout. His...
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  • Milton Paradise Lost Commentary
    The Renaissance era represents a complete break with the Middle Ages on a political, philosophical, scientifical and theological scale. Indeed, the discovery of new territories and the expeditions of explorers such as Francis Drake, the resurgence of classic writtings, the new scientific outbreaks of Copernicus, Newton and Galilei as well as the Protestant reformation led by Luther and his 95 Theses, triggered a will for knowledge and a quest for truth, thus putting an end to the intellectual...
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  • Satan in Paradise Lost - 874 Words
    Seeing Satan in a different light in Paradise Lost Satan is a character that has been ridiculed and teased in our modern world because of his symbolization of evil, combined with the underlying hypothesis that good will always triumph over evil ultimately questioning and mocking his presence. In Paradise Lost John Milton frays from the typical view of Satan as the devil-on-your-shoulder by having the readers absorbed in the idea that they actually feel sympathetic towards this evil creature....
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  • Milton's Satan in Paradise Lost
    Critics abroad have argued about who the hero is of John Milton’s “Paradise Lost:” Satan, Adam or Christ, the Son? Since Milton’s overall theme stated in the opening lines of Book I is to relate ‘Man’s first disobedience’ and to ‘justify the ways of God to men’, Adam must be regarded as the main hero. John M. Steadman supports this view in an essay on “Paradise Lost:” “It is Adam’s action which constitutes the argument of the epic.” Steadman continues: The Son and Satan embody heroic archetypes...
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  • Free Will in Milton's Paradise Lost
    Free will is defined as “The power of acting without the constraint of necessity or fate; the ability to act at one's own discretion.” This definition of the term illustrates the necessity for free will to be present in a relationship with God. In order to have a relationship with God we must posses free will, because free will gives us the power to have faith in God, and put trust in God. According to the Bible, and Milton’s Paradise Lost, Free will did not exist in the world until...
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  • Milton's Paradise Lost - 3865 Words
    Among those familiar with the Judeo-Christian belief system, Jesus is normally accepted as a selfless figure, one who became human, suffered, and was put to death out of divine love for humanity. In his portrayal of the Son of God in Paradise Lost, John Milton does not necessarily disagree with the devotion or love present in the Son. His characterization of the Son does not oppose this tradition; rather, it is simply different. By Milton’s portrayal, the Son has an acute craving for attention,...
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  • The Role of Satan in Paradise Lost
    The Role of Satan in “Paradise Lost” John Milton's epic “Paradise Lost” is one that has brought about much debate since its writing. This epic tells the Biblical story of Adam and Eve, although from a different perspective than what most people usually see. Milton tells the story more through the eyes of Satan, whom most people usually consider the ultimate villain. The way in which Satan is portrayed in this story has caused speculation as to whether Satan is actually a hero in this...
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  • After Reading Paradise Lost
    After Reading Paradise Lost Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton. It was originally published in 1667 (though written nearly ten years earlier) in ten books, with a total of over ten thousand individual lines of verse. A second edition followed in 1674, redivided into twelve books (in the manner of the division of Virgil's Aeneid) with minor revisions throughout and a note on the versification; most of the poem was written while...
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  • Gender & Sexuality in Paradise Lost
    lityThe construction of sexuality in Paradise Lost is an intriguing debate amongst scholars and critics to this day. One of the central issues surrounding the discussion of is in relation to pre-lapsarian and post lapsarian sexuality. Some critics such as C.S Lewis and St. Augustine argue against this notion and say that any argument supporting this is entirely hypothetical and to debate further on it would only create false imagery. However the general view supports the concept of there being...
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  • Critical Analysis: Paradise Lost
    Critical Analysis: Paradise Lost In "Book I" of Paradise Lost, John Milton describes Satan's reaction to the realities of Hell after he is banished from Heaven. After Satan and his followers have been thrown to Hell, it quickly becomes apparent the torture and torment they will face. In this passage, Satan, who is unable to accept his place at the foot of God, unsuccessfully attempts to overtake the throne of God. His view of having "equaled" God and having the "ambitious aim" of...
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  • Chaos and Order in Paradise Lost
    In the manuscript, On Christian Doctrine, John Milton says of Chaos, "It was necessary that something should have existed previously, so that it could be acted upon by his supremely powerful active efficacy…Matter must have always existed independently of God, or else originated from God at some point in time… But if matter did not exist from eternity, it is not easy to see where it came from" (John Milton, On Christian Doctrine). This manuscript has since been described by C. A. Patrides as a...
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  • Satan’s Physical Appearance in Paradise Lost
    Book I of Paradise Lost by John Milton reflects and parallels the Biblical story of Satan’s fall when he became too proud and thought of himself higher than God. This epic poem goes into detail on Satan’s attitude and thoughts of his fall. In the beginning of the poem Satan is chained and captive in the Lake of Fire and it is only through God’s allowance that Satan can be free and devise plans. As the poem continues Satan goes through the process of acceptance of this state he is in and plans a...
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  • Paradise Lost and Adam's response to the Gospel
     O goodness infinite, goodness immense! That all this good of evil shall produce, [ 470 ] And evil turn to good; more wonderful Then that which by creation first brought forth Light out of darkness! full of doubt I stand, Whether I should repent me now of sin By mee done and occasiond, or rejoyce [ 475 ] Much more, that much more good thereof shall spring, To God more glory, more good will to Men From God, and over wrauth grace shall abound. (Milton, 12.469-477) The passage above...
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  • Equality in Paradise Lost and Rape of the Lock
    Equality in the Rape of the Lock and Paradise Lost There are a lot of things these two poems can offer. Both the Rape of the lock and paradise lost are epics. They tell tales of characters that once lived and show the human nature. Some would say that the poems don’t offer a sense of equality amongst the characters. Let it be because of sex, intelligence, and society they just don’t seem to have the same value. Sex being a factor because of how the hierarchy was placed in both stories. The...
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  • The Divine Comedy vs. Paradise Lost
    Full Circle – from Sin to Salvation Great works of literature have been written throughout history. However, The Divine Comedy and Paradise Lost have the inept ability to stir the soul and cause a person to examine and re-examine their life. The brilliant descriptions, use of imagery, metaphor and simile give a person a vivid picture of the creation of man and the possibilities for life in the hereafter. This is done, as a person is able to see, full circle, from the beginning of time to...
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  • Satan: the True Hero of Paradise Lost
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