." (3.122-4), just as mankind is. Milton's presentation of contrary information in Satan's soliloquies, and in the description of Paradise and Adam and Eve presents an argument that Milton was of Satan's party unknowingly as Blake said, because the lack of free will tends to prove Satan's assertion that God is a tyrant. This would in effect prove what Satan says in the second soliloquy to Adam and Eve: "Thank him who puts me, loath, to this revenge / on you, who wrong me not, for him who wronged," (386-7). If Satan truly had no free will, then nothing would be his fault, as he alleges.
For them, God is above Satan in every way possible. God and Satan cannot be equals. So when asked the question again, “What is the opposite of God?”, the correct answer would be “No God” because that would be the true opposite of God. “The opposite to force is not another force, but the absence of force”. In other words, the opposite of God is the absence of God.
The choice being a choice between what is good and what is evil, the choice between God and Satan. Because God is loving, just, and caring, He allows a place for evil on earth to test his creation’s obedience and allegiance to Him. But, for Milton to hypothesis that Satan is a hero for being the fallen angel, is a mere overshoot and over-glorification of something that is evil, sinful and demonic. Satan is not the hero of anything, but in a way is a necessary component of the plan that God had for his creation, mankind. For without the temptations of Satan, there would be no need for Christ to come to earth as a man and sacrifice himself on a cross to save us from the fiery pits of Hell.
John Milton's Paradise Lost Freedom (free will) is the absence of imposed behavior. Individual freedom is obviously attractive, but when there is real freedom of choice, the wrong choice is the one that is made - such as the choice made by Satan who although he can be admired for his having dared to rebel against the norm, is not heroic for having chosen to plot against God. Free will was given to man in order to be able to choose the faith since in the absence of free will, there is no way to test faith. The more tested we are, the closer we are to God although whether we truly exercise free will is questionable since perhaps it is simply enforced via the threat of punishment upon transgression. In any event, despite the sanctions, man continues to disobey.
Satan continues to describe that God “seeks” glory and things are created, administered, and fulfilled for the glory of God. Satan argues to The Son of God, that God is not just happy... ... middle of paper ... ... fulfill this with time without disobeying and falling to Satan’s shortcuts. Satan tantalizes The Son of God with glory to be more like God, not only does this temptation align with hope, but The Son of God resists these temptations, even with though they implicitly had best of meaning, wishes, and intentions for others. The final temptation of the Temple and The Son of God claiming God head draws a parallel with Faith. Satan’s temptations failed for no incentive could make The Son of God bow before any other than God, the Father in Milton’s Paradise Regained.
He would manipulate and deceive in any fashion as long as he can destroy God’s creation. Satan admits that God was good but his goodness made him feel “miserable” (IV, 73) because of his “boasting” (IV, 85). It is likely that God had no intention of boasting but that does not stop the evil that persists in Satan’s mind from thinking that way. At last, Satan severs his connection with God forever as he states, “farewell, hope; and with hope farewell, fear; Farewell, remorse, all good to me is lost” (IV, 107-108). Satan bids farewell to who he was before, a god amongst the heaven and abandons all hope of any repentance from God.
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.
The reader no longer needs to label the morality of such a character; Satan defines himself with the use of the pronoun 'my' and the preceding definition and assessment that 'My self am hell'. Furthermore through Satan's own assessment the distancing technique by the word 'my' appears to exaggerate the notion of the definition of himself, the natural pause due to the unusual syntax further accentuates this. The use of Milton's alliteration in 'Racked with deep despair' when describing Satan's countenance only empathises this pitiful nature. However this sense of self dou... ... middle of paper ... ...ng that G-d deliberately leads Satan into greater evil. From the outset it appears that G-d and Satan remain in opposition together, an important characterisation of Milton.
He can't make 1+1=3; he can't create a rock that He is not able to lift; correspondingly, he can't give an individual unrestrained choice and settle on choices for them in the meantime. Accordingly, the greater good of human freedom is a product of God's benevolence and the evil that exists is a consequence of humans making poor use of that freedom.. This barrier determines the coherent issue of underhanded by permitting God to be both omnipotent and omnibenevolent. This resistance likewise places the fault of wickedness and enduring at the hands of people. Nonetheless, the inquiry still stays concerning if God was fit to make the universe without the likelihood of pain and agony.
Luther's principle crumbles in light of this consideration. Man must have free will, otherwise commands, prohibitions, rewards, and punishments would be in vain. If God could "guarantee" obedience and belief, why didn't He simply do that with Adam and Eve (and Satan for that matter) and thus avoid all kinds of problems?