A paradise from hell

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Satan’s spiteful actions, attitude, and appearance are exposed in John Milton’s Paradise Lost and other texts. Satan is a mesmerizing but revengeful figure who utilizes doubt to break the relationship established between man and God.
Satan desires to be worshiped; he aims to rule without the intrusion of God and humans. When neglected from praise he is consumed in envy and ambition for supremacy. His greatest asset for revenge is humans. Satan attempts to make humans sin and therefore step away from God. In Paradise Lost he shows the power of his deception:
So saying, her rash hand in evil hour/ Forth reaching to the Fruit, she pluck’d, she eat:/Earth felt the wound, and Nature from her seat/Sighing through all her Works gave sign of woe,/ That all was lost. Back to the Thickest slunk/The guiltie Serpent, and well might, for EVE /Intent now wholly on her taste. (6)
The serpent tempted Eve to sin by convincing her that disobeying God would favor her, although it is otherwise. He is very cunning, twisting every situation in his benefit. In Scripture it states:
You won’t die! the serpent replied to the women. God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil. The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. (Genesis 3:4-7)
Satan is deceitful. He knows that defiance will be the ultimate betrayal for God because the path established by the Lord has been abandoned through sin. Eve wi...

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... his angelical form to trick individuals into believing him and his ideals. However, he is a lie, and so is his beauty. A lie that will condemn the relationship of man and God.
Satan is tormented by the spite and revenge he feels towards God. His ambition is driven by the destruction of humankind and faith. In Paradise Lost he is the mesmerizing force that surges the act of sin. His character in Scripture is manipulative and disguising while his actions in The Screwtape Letters are organized and shrewd. Satan seeks to be praised and is defiant towards religion and God. His actions and attitude are the obstacles in the relationship between man and God.

Works Cited

Hengeveld, Nick. BibleGateway.com. 14 January 2014. Web.
Lewis, C.S. The Screwtape Letters. London: Aslan Publishing, 1955. Print.
Milton, John. Paradise Lost. Detroit: Lucifer Publishing, 1996. Print.
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