Politics And The English Language, Paradise Lost

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Our perspective, the perspective that defines the way we live and die, the perspective that defines who we are, and the perspective that defines all the decisions we make. Our perspective is the paradigm or our worldview, so it is something that we need to get 100% right and be absolutely conclusive about. Things change, people change, times change. Nothing has been more evident over the last century, so is it not fitting that our perspective will change to according to the times we live in? Perspective has its roots in Latin it comes from the word ‘perspicere’ or translates literally as ‘to see clearly.’ Change indicates moving from one form to another. Originally this would be from the innate, original into something refined, something that is still a working progress eventually into the completed form. From these definitions many would conclude that a changing perspective is something that is constantly being refined, relentlessly improved, until the desired paradigm is achieved. However, the nature of a change, is that it will never get stagnant and will always be changing. Paradise Lost by John Milton is a religious blank verse poetic epic. It is broken into 12 books and each of them contributes to the overall story, I have focused upon the first book as my text. The first book introduction contains the themes that are addressed in all the books and they are disobedience, eternal providence and the justification of the ways of God to man. The plot starts when Satan and Beelzebub are talking as they are chained in the lake of fire. Satan gets free and lets loose an innumerable number of demons and rallies them into the construction of Pandemonium in the fires of hell, they quickly build this and begin the first council. John Milton uses many differing techniques to get the audience thinking about God and creation. Milton served time in prison for his religious and political views. Milton was a linguist and knew many different languages; his works include many examples of soraismus. The techniques that are used frequently in the first book of Paradise Lost is the use of imagery for events, people and places. The other effect that is used consistently is using blank verse, and the techniques that are applied to it. Another effect that is used is harangue but not of soliloquy, giving it the effect of a conversational piece.
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