Milton is able to do this because it is always worse, and more shocking to see a liked individual reveal himself to be bad, than to always know a bad individual to be bad. Thus, the initial support that Satan gains from readers is designed to alienate him further when his evil side prevails. As the character of Satan progresses, the reader becomes less willing to accept Satan’s goal of freedom of choice. This is... ... middle of paper ... ...n. Satan’s goal of freedom of choice has been lost in his hate. This aspect of Satan serves as the final stage in a reader’s transition from viewing Satan as the brave leader of a just cause, to viewing him as a lowly coward.
His dialogue and monologues provide us with an understanding of his character. Milton gives the audience the chance to relate to Satan, to show them that how much they fall short of God’s grace. But the audience is also fully aware of Satan devious nature.
Paradise Lost is a story of Genesis told as it normally would be, but with a protagonist focus on Satan. The story is told largely with Satan being favorably portrayed and God having little presence other than cursing things, which convinces the audience that Satan’s view of God as a tyrant may not be too far off. Still, Satan is portrayed as the villain of the story. However, he has characteristics of a classical hero; including flaws that make the audience relate to and feel sympathy for him. By using part of the black-and-white Genesis story which paints Satan as evil and juxtaposing a narrative which paints Satan as a sympathetic hero, Milton raises a question about morality that largely define the audience’s reaction to the story: what is immoral?
Gizem Elbasanli Professor Cuccia SLS 301 5/16/2014 Is Satan a Hero? It is important to note that a hero is not always someone who is working for the sake of furthering a just cause and that he does not have to be admired by everyone, including the reader. In fact, John Milton presents his audience with an unusual hero in his Paradise Lost. Instead of emphasizing God and his Son as the heroes of his epic poem, Milton chooses to represent Satan as the hero of Paradise Lost. The first two books of Paradise Lost describe Satan, the fallen angels, and their experiences after they fall from heaven.
As he spoke, one can see that Satan was very persuasive and knew how to obta... ... middle of paper ... ..., Adam and Eve. There are several reasons why Milton focused so much Satan and gave him all the good lines. First, Milton portrayed Satan to be a leader with confident because he is the king of hell. By portraying Satan as a leader, readers can see he was noble to his allies and thus offering to risk himself to achieve his goal. Second, the moral aspect of this characterization is that anyone can become Satan, and evil is something everyone can slip into, which was why Milton portrayed Satan to be human like.
Satan's speech defines him as a fearless and eloquent speaker and he is therefore made to seem human. We as an audience are led to sympathizing with him because of his human qualities; moreover we also sympathize with him because we know his battle is inevitably going to fail. We have to remember that Satan is evil; therefore Milton may have deliberately presented him in this way to allow the reader to see how seductive Satan really is and potentially teach us to be more resistant towards
When Paradise Lost begins, the vainglorious actions of Satan have resulted in his removal from heaven and placed him on the path to exact revenge against those who have done so. Though, the reader is hardly able to experience any distaste when reading about this man who opposes the consented force of good. He is are charming, dark, fanatical and desperate in his attempts. It is from these characteristics, that the reader may be swayed into viewing him as the protagonist (or even the hero) of the tale. Even C.S.
Satan is influential, courageous, determined, and intellectual. This characterization further endears Satan to the readers. Satan is the protagonist in this novel, not God. Satan is shown in a positive light at every opportunity while God is shown in, not necessarily a negative light but simply not as a positive position. This role and image reversal is critical in Paradise Lost as Satan can be interpreted in a new fashion.
These instances displays Milton's portrayal of Satan’s ineptitude to win against God’s supremacy. Although Satan is a dark figure that everyone wants to escape from, Milton maximizes the devil’s qualities to portray him as the oppressed fighter for freedom. Milton also humanizes Satan’s attributes by displaying his weaknesses and defeats in the face of the all knowing Creator. Then he is the absolute enemy that deceives and enchants man to succumb to their weaknesses. Milton deliberately creates a reason why Satan is necessary to God by examining the Scripture and was further elevated by C.S.
In Paradise Lost, Satan is a primary character and expresses a full range of traits and provokes a wide range of responses from the audience. Hildegard’s Devil appears seductive more than anything else and he demonstrates the allure of sin. The singing in Hildegard’s vision before the play begins warns of the “most foul deceiver” (382). In the play, the Soul at first appears content among the Virtues, before feeling burdened by its body and the desire to explore the world. The Devil appears at this moment of weakness to appeal to the Soul’s feelings and exploit its vulnerabilities.