“But say I could repent and could obtain
By act of grace my former state. How soon
would heighth recall high thoughts? How soon unsay
What feigned submission swore? Ease would recant
Vows made in pain as violent and void...
Which would lead me but to a worse relapse
And heavier fall. So should I purchase dear
Short intermission bought with double smart.” (IV:93-102)
In this passage Satan comes to the understanding that if he were to be given a chance for forgiveness, he would simply fall again twice as hard, which is exactly what occurs in I, Lucifer. He accepts the trial run on earth and at the end of the month rejects it, dooming himself again, and having to face the pain of his fall anew. While Satan's accounts of his fall, the garden of eden, and other biblically based stories seem plausible enough, he is still shown throughout as a completely unreliable narrator through obvious and intentional contradictions. This directly conflicts with Milton's narrator who claims divine inspiration for his work, suggesting a very reliable narrator. Due to this discrepancy in narration, I, Lucifer serves as an intriguing foil to Paradise Lost that continues the c...
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...al abyss with nothing but him in it. To which he replies, “if God were to get rid of everything except little old me, I'd be in exactly the position he was in at the beginning. Rich, don't you think? Lucifer ends up where God started.”(257)
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