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Analysis of Satan in Milton’s Paradise Lost

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Beginning at a young age, people are taught to always be obedient to God or else you will face consequences. We are later taught that if you sin and don’t repent, you will end up in Hell after death with Satan. Satan is always referred to the worst possible thing in the world and ruler of the fallen ruled. But who really is this being called Satan? Why is he always in opposition of God? Satan personifies evil and temptation. He is known to deceive humans and lead them astray. In Milton’s Paradise Lost, Satan has three primary motivations: power, revenge, and praise.
To begin, Satan’s first motivation and central idea to the story is power. Satan was once an angel of God’s, but after some time, he grew jealous. He felt that he should have just as much power as God and be able to do what he wanted. God then announced that he had begotten a son who would rule at his right hand. Satan grew jealous and because of this, he gathered a portion of the angels and turned them against God to fight for the throne. Soon after, a conflict between the fallen angels against God and his Heavenly army...
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