In Paradise Lost, Satan says “He deserved no such return From me, whom He created... ... middle of paper ... ...alizes how good and powerful God actually is when God shows Adam and Eve mercy after they disobey Him. Milton proves to be on God’s side in many ways throughout Paradise Lost Including man’s free will, God’s creation, and God’s mercy. Even though he gives a greater description for Satan, Milton’s faith in God is seemingly more powerful. Paradise Lost proves that God’s Creation “is indeed the very exercise of God’s goodness which is apparent in all God’s works” (Sewell 125). Only God knows what is on the road ahead for mankind, but according to Milton God beholds the “…past, present and future” (III 77-78).
If Satan truly had no free will, then nothing would be his fault, as he alleges. God tells Jesus that humanity can find grace because Satan deceives it into falling, (3.130-2). But, if Satan is deceived into falling, can he also find grace? Works Cited: Milton, John. Paradise Lost.
Satan also loses because of the fact that due to his trickery he would be a snake forever, and that The Son was going to come down to earth and die to save Adam & Eve, so that Satan’s action would be eliminated. Break down Paradise Lost to it bare essentials, removing all religious overtones, and all that remains is an epic poem. The hero of this poem is a man named Satan who is banished for challenging the leadership of the clan. This man Satan makes a vow to destroy or corrupt anything created by the clan. This Satan was resourceful, making the best of what he had, very little, and accomplishing his goal.
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.
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.
Beelzebub has suggested that they attempt to corrupt God’s new creation, humankind. Satan agrees, and volunteers to go himself. He is met at the gates by his children Sin and Death, who follow him and build a bridge between Earth and Hell. In Heaven. God talks about how he can see what Satan is planning to do.
Milton deliberately creates a reason why Satan is necessary to God by examining the Scripture and was further elevated by C.S. Lewis in The Screwtape Letters. In the end, Satan was created to become a figment of people’s conscience where the “evil” accumulates for believers to differentiate the “good” that only exists in their Creator.
Disobedience and Exile an Analysis of Satan from Milton’s Paradise Lost John Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Lost, has been the subject of criticism and interpretation through many years; these interpretations concur in that Adam and Eve are the sufferers of the poem, and it is their blight to lose Paradise because of their disobedience; however, their exile is merely a plight brought by Satan, and it is he who suffers exile before any others. Satan changes from Book I of the poem to Book XII; his introduction is heroic and grand, appearing as a hero rebelling against an unjust God. But by the finalization of Milton’s poem, Satan is a burnt shell of himself and, though ruler of Pandemonium, he sits in a throne in the lowest pit from God’s
As a punishment for Satan's disloyalty to God, he is banished to the fiery flames of Hell. To receive his revenge, he escapes Hell in the search of Earth. There he can hurt God through His human creations which he has heard about. "Since the first break of dawn, the Fiend,/ Mere serpent in appearance, forth was come,/ And on his quest, where likeliest he might find the only two of mankind, but in them/ The whole included race, his purposed prey" (Book 9 ll 1-5). Because Satan embarks on this journey, it is evident to see the connection to the epic element of a dark voyage.
In writing an epic, Milton had a daunting task ahead of him as he looked to transform Satan, a historical character in the Christian bible, into what seemingly is the epic hero of his renowned literary work, Paradise Lost. Throughout this process, Satan is humanized into a character that has his ups but also downs, and Milton’s use of literary techniques let us eventually realize how evil Satan is despite the sympathy readers may have for this tragic figure. Ultimately, not only does Satan grow more evil in the epic, the close interaction we get of Satan’s character allows us to see his wavering mind before being completely submerged by evil. As the epic begins in Book 1, the Fallen Angels are seen banished to hell after failing to take control