Milton’s theodicy is his attempt to justify God’s ways to man. Not only does he reference the traditional teachings from the bible, but he elaborates on certain points to better create a story to learn from. Paradise Lost starts out with talking about the disobedience of mankind, causing everything to be corrupt from then on. But before God’s creation of man, the archangel, Lucifer, was the first to disobey. He felt that he should have just as much power as God himself, so he got a group of angels together to try to take over the throne in Heaven. They are unsuccessful and sent to live in Hell, the opposite of Heaven. Lucifer is now called Satan and is the ruler of the fallen world. Satan then wants revenge on God so he and the other fallen angles decide that the best way to get back at God is to corrupt h...
... middle of paper ...
...a’, which suggests predestination rather than free will. (Morbey) Although they were in the wrong and sinned, humans would not be the creatures we are today.
Christensen, Robert. "Milton's Paradise Lost- A Justification of God." Hub Pages. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2014.
Covington, Matt. "Paradise Lost: A Theodicy." Speleo Physics. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2014.
Morbey, Josepha Anne. "Milton's Theodicy in Paradise Lost." Web NCF. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2014.
The New American Standard Bible. N.p.: The Lockman Foundation, 1995. Print.
"Theodicy." Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster. Web. 23 Feb. 2014.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Innocence Lost by Nathaniel Hawthorne My Kinsman, Major Molineux and Young Goodman Brown present Nathaniel Hawthorne’s belief in the universality of sin. These works provide numerous perspectives into the nature of the human condition and the individual’s role within it. Hawthorne fictionalizes a world where communion with man is essential for spiritual satisfaction. The main characters of these stories face moral dilemmas through their pursuit of human communion. Whether the problems are moral, psychological, or both, Hawthorne insists that the individual must come to affirm a tie with the procession of life, must come to achieve some sense of brotherhood of man.... [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne Innocence Lost Essays]
1918 words (5.5 pages)
- The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam is not merely a book. It is an inspiring journey for . Somaly Mam bleeds the story of her life onto paper from as early in her childhood as she can remember up to her present life struggle against human trafficking. An orphan of unknown circumstances, Somaly’s earliest years were spent in the wild but relatively safe mountain village of Bou Sra. At the age of possibly ten years old she was given away to a man who claimed to be her ‘grandfather’. Somaly was expected to run this man’s house, to cook and clean and be rented out for labor in the rice paddies without complaint.... [tags: Literary Analysis, Cambodian Culture]
1683 words (4.8 pages)
- Lost Innocence and Buried Emotions Have you ever had a special relationship with a sibling or spouse. Henry and Lyman did in the “Red Convertible” by Louise Erdrich. They grew up on an Indian reservation in Minnesota and were the first ones to own a convertible, which allowed them to leave the reservation and experience life outside of it. That summer they grew close as they traveled from Minnesota to the Little Knife River in North Dakota, eventually finding themselves on the Rocky Boy Reservation in Montana: “We went places in that car, me and Henry.... [tags: essays research papers fc]
550 words (1.6 pages)
- The Violation of Blake's Songs of Innocence Abstract: William Blake's Songs of Innocence contains a group of poetic works that the artist conceptualized as entering into a dialogue with each other and with the works in his companion work, Songs of Experience. He also saw each of the poems in Innocence as operating as part of an artistic whole creation that was encompassed by the poems and images on the plates he used to print these works. While Blake exercised a fanatical degree of control over his publications during his lifetime, after his death his poems became popular and were encountered without the contextual material that he intended to accompany them.... [tags: Songs of Innocence and Experience Essays]
2435 words (7 pages)
- In the play Oedipus Rex, it shows many different forms of fate and freewill. Fate is a word that can be defined in many different ways. Fate can affect a person's life in many different ways. Oedipus's fate ruined his life and lead him to a horrible death. Antigone's life was also thrown out to the hand of fate. Neither one of them had any freewill in there lifetime, all of there lives were based upon the fate that the gods handed to them. Both of these elements, fate and freewill, play a large role in the telling of the story of Oedipus Rex.... [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]
817 words (2.3 pages)
- Church and Religion in the Songs of Innocence and Experience Throughout “Innocence” and “Experience,” many poems incorporate religious views and imagery. Blake presents many contradicting views on the Church and religion, the contrast being particularly clear between “Innocence” and “Experience.” Within the “Songs of Innocence” a child-like portrayal of Church and religion is portrayed. Throughout “Innocence” there are many references to “The Lamb” representing Jesus Christ who was the Sacrificial Lamb, as shown in the poem “The Lamb.” Another common image of religion used by Blake is that of religion as the Shepherd, the Shepherd is “watchful” and ever watching over his sheep, protecting... [tags: Songs of Innocence William Blake Essays]
914 words (2.6 pages)
- Freewill Through the Eyes of Stace I can most relate with Stace’s views on freewill. I feel that the freewill argument is more about definition and the word’s true meaning. I also agree with his statement of, “if there is no free will there can be no morality.” Stace believes that is doing what we want to do and not being constrained from doing so. Morality is a good argument of why we do what we do. Then there is the idea that we have choices and choices are made by the individual and not by outside influences.... [tags: essays research papers]
734 words (2.1 pages)
- Milton’s Paradise Lost has been praised as being the greatest English epic of all time, most stunningly in its author's depiction of the parents of humanity, Adam and Eve. How Milton chose to portray the original mother and father has been a focus of much criticism with contemporary readers. One of the main subjects of these comments is in reference to Eve, who, according to many, is a trivial character that is most definitely inferior to her mate. Nonetheless, many do not recognize that, after the fateful Fall, she becomes a much more evolved character.... [tags: Milton’s Paradise Lost]
4358 words (12.5 pages)
- Freewill Many have wondered whether free will exists or not. Some argue yes, some argue no. For now, I will say no. I will begin my argument with a scenario. Say a man has an enemy that he hates very strongly. One day this guy makes a conscious decision to kill his enemy. He calculates every move he needs to make to kill his enemy and succeeds in doing so. Clearly, this man is guilty of murder. The question is, should blame fall on this man for killing another. Currently, all societies in the world are built around some moral basis that holds a person responsible for their actions.... [tags: Papers]
991 words (2.8 pages)
- The “Others” Revealed The ABC show Lost has never failed to surprise me. The twists and cliffs just keep coming. This past week season three has started. Just as in past seasons another twist to the show has emerged with another journey to explore and possible answers to be revealed for the mysteries of island. One thing is certain, after two seasons I’m still lost as ever. The show starts out in house with a woman is putting on a CD, and she seems sad. She is getting things ready for a book club meeting when she burns herself while preparing some muffins.... [tags: Broadcast Television Analysis Lost Review]
1450 words (4.1 pages)