Milton’s poem is written from the point of view of Satan and in such a way that he appears to be the heroic figure of the tale. Satan is given lines to uplift the demons of hell, seeming to empower them and as he sets off to derail the lives of Adam and Eve, the insight the reader has into the thoughts of the Devil almost make him appear to be the hero. The Satanic character of Milton’s Paradise Lost is shown to be primarily motivated by revenge against God, the creation of chaos, and the gain of power yet somehow he is stilled viewed as the hero to the reader and the other fallen angels in the story. As Satan and his followers were thrown from the heavens by God, during the poem, the fallen Angel seeks his revenge by creating another revolt against the Lord. At the beginning of the poem the Angels who have been cast down to hell speak of the actions they should next take, whether they should seek revenge or should be peaceful and submissive to the lot they have been given.
"Thinking's done with, for ever so long Learning and knowledge have sickened me....Bring on your miracles..." It is tragic when someone feels that they understand so much, or try to ignore so much to the point where they think that they should give their soul away with no fear of eternal damnation. Faust believes or tries to believe that there is no after life and that he can just trade away his life to the most evil being in existence with no repercussions. Falling from God and making the Devil his partner is something that deserves the title "a tragedy". While working with the Devil Faust did a number of evil things, some being quite tragic. It was already bad enough that Faust decided to play games with Mephistopheles, but it was worse when he decided he wanted to draw someone else into his sick deal.
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.
There is a limit to the amount of power and knowledge one can have in this world, Faust saw this. Faust was a hero for his legendry actions and thoughts. He wanted more and more power and knowledge to the point to where he would betray his own beliefs and mind set to get it. That is exactly what he did he made a Faustian bargain. A Faustian bargain comes from when “Faust, the legend, traded his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge.” The actual meaning isto “strike a Faustian bargain” is to be willing to sacrifice anything to satisfya limitless desire for knowledge or power.” A Faustian bargain is still relevant in society today, there are Faustian bargains being made some for bad reasons and others for the better good.
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. Thus, when the character of Satan is traced through its evolution of Paradise Lost, the reason behind the order of development can be seen. Milton’s desire to create a strong hatred of Satan is achieved best by highlighting Satan’s good points first. Then, when Satan’s real character begins to emerge, the reader is appalled at the actions of their “hero”, causing them to dislike him more than had he originally been a bad character. The reader’s distaste for Satan is strengthened by Satan’s shift in motives.
Satan in both Dante’s Inferno and Peter Cook’s Bedazzled is seen as an evil figure forced into an eternity of punishment, yet sympathetic because of this. However, both representations of the devil differ in how much power Satan is allotted. As humanity continues to define true evil, it must decide for itself how much power it allows evil in this world.
This popular tale is found in many other artistic works with the same message that obtaining power requires a “deal with the devil” which only results in destroyed lives and ethics. This concept can be discovered through history and literary works including Antigone by Sophocles, Macbeth by William Shakespeare, and Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. The painful repercussions from immoral decisions enacted by power hungry men, Creon, Macbeth, and Okwonko, reveal the harsh fate that awaits all pursuits of power. Creon’s once adamant decision to cruelly punish Antigone turns to a realization too late to stop the wheels of tragedy rolling because of his stubborn authoritarian rule. Antigone’s determination to bury her brother is discovered by Creon who banishes her in a tomb.
Milton’s forced perception of Satan as the hero of the poem reflects his stated purpose for writing the piece. By placing Satan in a traditional heroic role, Milton illustrates his manipulative and cunning nature, which anyone can easily fall prey to, and resultingly fashions Satan into an antihero. The ancient
This same thirst for revenge is similar to the need of revenge of the creature that was created by Victor Frankenstein in the novel by Mary Shelley. However this need for revenge is driven by different factors and thus regardless of the similarities that we can find between Satan and the creature, the cause of their hatred is what differentiates this two characters apart. By examining the key facts like the noble savage, the source of their hate and what they desired, we can see how the Frankenstein's creature parallels the character of Satan in Milton’s Paradise Lost. The concept of the noble savage was a concept idealized by a man called Jean-Jacques Rousseau, this concept was glorified in the romantic literature because it enabled the possibility that there was an innate goodness in man, and that man was corrupted by society and the influence of civilization. In the novel of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein, a man that had devoted his entire career and life to the creation of a creature that would perhaps symbolize the incarnation of his studies.
If you have God working in your life unfortunately you also have the devil working in your life, and this is what happens to the main character of the book, Raskolnikov. He is given many chances to do the right thing and not sin, yet the devil still provides even more temptations, and gets Raskolnikov to fall into the trap of murder. Yet God does still give you chances for forgiveness and wants you to reject your sin. The devil works in any way he can to get men to sin, but God will send a way to get you to forgive your sins and come back to him and leave the devil’s ways, and that was Dostoevsky’s main point of Crime and Punishment. At the end of the novel Raskolnikov is sitting in a prison cell in Siberia without family, he only has a former prostitute, Sonia, at his side to keep him company.