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...t leaves readers in awe of the unearthly scenes described. But also we see the way that the similes have been intertwined into the epic, and the extra meaning added. The similes may seem to be highlighting the devils greatness when in fact it is diminishing the Devil in comparison to God, showing that everything the Devil has done, everything the devil is, Satan’s very existence, is only because God allows it, and that the glory should only go to the deserving creator and omnipotent Lord God. Lastly, it is ironic that Milton is using the epic simile to describe the antagonist of the story, although now he seems like the hero, we know he is the ultimate evil. Intriguing that epic values are ascribed to the one that is evil, which may signify that there is a new standard coming, the Christian virtues are what we should strive for, not the traditional epic values.
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