In "Comus", Milton's encomium of John Egerton, barbarity is the manifestation of moral decay rather than a state of being conferred by instinct, or low birth. As one's fall into depravity is a volitional lapse, Comus must inveigle Lady into supping his potion, as he cannot foist the eldritch philtre upon her: "Be wise and taste."1 (p.65). St. Augustine propounds similar ideas regarding the voluntary aspect of corruption in City of God, which shall be addressed in relation to both texts at a later point. In a statement concatenating "Comus" and sacrilege, Achsah Guibbory writes: "Milton presents Comus' courtly revels as a false religion"2. Milton limns Comus akin to Satan in "Comus", as neither can impel the soul, and must...
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9: Achsah Guibbory, "Milton and English Poetry", in A Companion to Milton, ed. Thomas N. Corns; Blackwell Publishers (2001) p.76.
10: Maggie Kilgour,"'Comus' and the Translatio Ovidii" in Milton and the Metamorphosis of Ovid; Oxford University Press, New York (2012). P.83.
11: Virgil, The Aeneid, trans. and ed. David West, Revised Edition; Penguin Books, published by the Penguin Publishing Group (2003). Book 2, line 390-400.
12: Ovid, Metamorphoses, ed. Charles Martin; A Norton Critical Edition, published by W.W. Norton & Company in USA (2010). P.8.
13: Robert S. Miola, "Titus Andronicus: Rome and the Family" in Shakespeare's Rome; Cambridge University Press (1983). P.60.
14: Robert Martin Adams,"Reading 'Comus' " in Modern Philology, Vol.51, No.1 (Aug., 1953); University of Chicago Press. P.22.
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