Theme Of Sin In Paradise Lost

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When discussing the fate of the fallen, be them angel or man, it is important to become acquainted with Sin and Death, the offspring of Satan. In Paradise Lost, Book 2, from lines 746 to 814, Milton offers what it is to sin and the price of sin with descriptive imagery through Sin’s words. Both Sin and Death embody and characterize their names as both allegories and personifications. With close inspection of the passage, the ideas of sin and death come to life and they live dark and tortuous lives. Milton uses Sin to describe their monstrous tale and further shows how Sin is sinful, but also how she too is fallen through the use of her language and figurative speech. Death is also described as a never
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Just as amour-clad Athena emerged from the crack in Zeus’ skull following a horrible headache, so did Sin emerge from Satan’s head. The use of this story is to further promote the idea of Sin as fallen since the pagan religions are much farther from God, and therefore association with these stories implies a distance from God and a disobedience. It could also be interpreted as the birth of Sin to be the true story and the birth of the false goddess was modeled after her instead, inspiring one of the stories of a deceptive religion. Sin also has a seductive nature since at first, after her birth “they recoiled afraid” (II.759), but after a little time “with attractive graces won” (II.762) and they became “enamoured” (II.765) with her. The language she uses in those lines are even seductive as she “pleased” (II.762) those in Heaven. As with many things seductive, they can first be seen as dangerous, but become attractive and captivating, just as Sin and the idea to disobey God captivated Satan and the other fallen angels. While Sin is seductive, and seduction can lead to sin, she also commits sin herself. Being born of the idea of disobeying God, she may naturally or inherently be vulnerable to the commitment of sin. Among her sins are that she sees God as an “almighty foe” (II.769) and includes herself as one of the rebels when she says “our part loss and rout” (II.770). Sin instead follows Satan and shines him in a…show more content…
If “Hell trembled at the hideous name” (II.788), he would have to be the most terrible creature anyone can imagine. Even though he is less human than Sin is, his description gives the impression that he is even more terrifying than the half-woman-half-serpent creature. Milton described him earlier through the eyes of Satan as being a “shadow” (II.669) and when he moved, again “Hell trembled as he strode” (II.676). The repetition between Satan’s observation of him, and Sin’s story of his birth both force the idea that Death in an immense terror. Sin’s “inbred enemy” (II.785), “son and foe” (II.804) and tormentor, Death is a never ending and inescapable terror. She “fled, but he pursued” (II.790) and when he raped her and impregnated her with the horrible beats that surround her with “ceaseless cry” (II. 795) that continually re-enter her womb to be born again as they tear their way back out of her. This is much like a foreshadowing to the punishment of painful childbearing God bestows on Eve in Book 10 after she has fallen. However, Sin’s torture is constant as she states, “That rest or intermission none I find” (II.802). The many uses of words such as “infinite” (II.797) and the repetition in “hourly conceived / And hourly born” (II796-797), Milton emphasizes the eternal punishment Sin must bear. It is important to note that Sin’s punishment of
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