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Eve's Passion: Milton's Paradise Lost

- The Epic Poem Paradise Lost takes the first three books of Genesis and expands them according to Milton’s own interpretation. The strategic point where Eve becomes vulnerable in herself is the key point she becomes susceptible to sin. Traces of her vulnerability begin to surface after she tells Adam about her dream with Satan and he, for reasons to be explored, is unable to digest and articulate what Eve’s heart most desires to know. Among the slew of factors to be explored, it is their relationship together that defines them as individuals when a part from one another....   [tags: Free Agent, Metonymic Relationship]

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Paradise Lost and Found

- He felt nothing as the boy, his son, approached him with a look of hesitant entreaty in his welling eyes. He didn’t flinch when the back of his hand sent the boy sprawling on the floor. It was upon seeing the look in the child’s eyes—a look of outright astonishment and terror—when the man gasped, taking in a breath so sharp an so deep that it seemed as though no amount of force could ever squeeze the air out again. What had he done. What had he become. As his head swam and his surroundings seemed to be converging on him, the only other thought that found room in his reeling mind was the simple yet unshakable resolve that this would never, ever happen again....   [tags: Charles Dickens, Great Expectations]

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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and John Milton's Paradise Lost

- Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and John Milton's Paradise Lost “Forth reaching to the Fruit, She pluck’d, she eat:/ Earth felt the wound, and Nature from her seat/ Sighing through all her Works gave signs of woe,/ That all was lost […]” (PL 8. 781-784) In the gothic novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley weaves an intricate web of allusions through her characters’ expedient desires for knowledge. Both the actions of Frankenstein, as well as his monster allude to John Milton’s Paradise Lost....   [tags: Shelley Milton Frankenstein Paradise Essays]

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The Powers of Satan in Paradise Lost

- The Powers of Satan in Paradise Lost Since the beginning of Paradise Lost, a reader can witness the dramatizing power possessed by Satan, and how he takes advantage of this very power in order to satisfy his own causes. One such property of Satan's fantastic powers is his ability to manipulate any individual into a false belief of who he really is, and therefore prevent a habitant of paradise from discovering his true purpose that is hidden behind his actions. One such example of this, and one of the most major in the epic, are the events that occur in Book IX involving Satan and Eve around the forbidden tree....   [tags: Papers]

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Treatment of Eve in Paradise Lost

- The treatment of eve in Paradise Lost We can see the poem deals with the entire story of man's fall from grace, including background for Satan's motives. In Paradise Lost, Eve was tricked by Satan, who assumed the form of a serpent, into eating from the Tree of Knowledge. Satan had whispered into her ear when she was asleep, and when he spoke to her later, he used his cunning to mislead her: He ended, and his words replete with guile Into her heart too easy entrance won. Fixed on the fruit she gazed, which to behold Might tempt alone, and in her ears the sound Yet rung of his persuasive words, impregned With reason, to her seeming, and with truth, (Paradise Lost, 733-739)....   [tags: John Milton]

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Adam and Eve in Paradise lost

- Milton was looked on by many feminists, “of or relating to or advocating equal rights for women,”(comma before quotation mark)[1] as rather chauvinistic in the way he portrayed Eve. In, (delete,) Paradise Lost, there are many examples of Eve being slighted (comma and substitute well with while) well Adam remains unscathed. **** Haven’t Developed introduction completely **** When Eve first enters the world, (comma maybe) she awakes, “Under a shade on flow’rs…,”[2] by a lake. In putting Eve under shade, (comma maybe) Milton shows that she is not one hundred percent in accordance with God....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Paradise Lost; God As A Sadist

- Humans, God's Ignorant Pawns; or, Satan, The Ultimate Scapegoat; or better yet, God the Definitive Sadist The basic Christian view of Milton's Paradise Lost is that a purely evil being, the anti-god if you will, Satan, is the cause of all of human downfall. Briefly the story goes like this, first God creates everything, but a rogue angel named Lucifer wants more out of existence so he attempt a coup d'etat of heaven. He fails, as he had no chance to begin with, as the Christian god is omnipotent....   [tags: John Milton]

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Paradise Lost by John Milton

- Paradise Lost by John Milton In John Milton's Paradise Lost, we learn of Milton's epic poem that deals with the entire story of man's fall from grace, including background for Satan's motives. In Book 1 of the poem, a brief introduction mentions the fall of Adam and Eve caused by the serpent, which was Satan, who led the angels in revolt against God and was cast into hell. The scene then opens on Satan lying dazed in the burning lake, with Beelzebub, next in command, beside him. Satan assembles his fallen legions on the shore, where he revives their spirits by his speech....   [tags: Papers]

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Comparing Frankenstein and Paradise Lost

- Frankenstein and Paradise Lost         Mary Shelley has created a subversive and grotesque God/Man relationship in "Frankenstein." Shelly sets up Frankenstein and, at times, Man in general, to be the monster's God. Shelley's integration with Paradise Lost creates opportunity for making such comparisons. When the monster gives his book review of the found classic, he states, "It moved every feeling of wonder and awe, that the picture of an omnipotent God warring with his creatures was capable of exciting." This is reminiscent of the war he has with Frankenstein when his wishes are refused....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Epic Characteristics of Paradise Lost

- Epic Characteristics of Paradise Lost Paradise Lost is one of the finest examples of epic tradition in all of literature. In composing this work, John Milton was, for the most part, following in the manner of epic poets of past centuries. By knowing the background of epic characteristics and conventions, it is easy to trace their presence in Book I of Paradise Lost. One of the biggest questions that a reader must face is that of the hero; exactly who is the epic hero in the poem. While Satan may not be the "hero" of Paradise Lost, Milton quickly establishes him as its main character, and as the most complex and detailed of Milton's descriptions....   [tags: essays papers]

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Frankenstein Compared to Paradise Lost

- In the novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley intertwines an intricate web of allusions through her characters' insatiable desires for knowledge. Both the actions of Frankenstein, as well as his creature allude to John Milton?s epic poem Paradise Lost. The legendary Fall of Adam and Eve introduced the knowledge of good and evil into a previously immaculate world. In one split second sin was birthed, and the perfection of the earth was swept away, leaving anguish and iniquity in its ramification. The troubles of Victor Frankenstein began with his quest for knowledge, and, end where both pieces end: death....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Adam in Milton's Paradise Lost

- Adam in "Paradise Lost": Fate's Ruler - and Subject A central problem in John Milton's "Paradise Lost" in the theological issue of free will versus fate, a traditionally much-debated question. Free will is the condition of having control or direction over fate or destiny; the individual shapes his life and future through his actions. The opposing view, complete lack of free will (made famous by John Calvin), is predestination, which expresses the idea that our futures have been foreseen long before our existences, so our actions are preordained, and our paths chosen for us....   [tags: John Milton]

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Characters of Satan in John Milton’s Paradise Lost

- In John Milton’s Paradise Lost, the character of Satan is arrogant and villainous, yet heroic and complex, who crafts himself as the innocent victim, even though “Satan dared to hope he could be defeated.” Milton’s romanticising of Satan highlights and articulates the alluring aspect of a central character designed by Judeo-Christian belief to being menacing. The structure of Milton’s Satan, the romanticizing of this tragic hero and the defining of the character in paralleled response to Milton’s Paradise Regained, will be approached, highlighted and emphasized in this essay....   [tags: innocent victim, epic writer, divinations]

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Comparing Frankenstein and Paradise Lost

- Frankenstein and Paradise Lost Striking similarities between a duo of novels are not unusual. The novel Frankenstein, by Mary Shelly, deals with a scientist named Victor Frankenstein who embodies a creature, who eventually wreaks havoc on his life. The novel Lost Paradise, by John Milton, exposes the cruelty of Christianity or the Christian God within the characters God, Satan, Adam, and Eve. Victor Frankenstein and God have many similarities, as they are both creators of incarnations. Victor's creature known as the monster shows striking similarities with Satan and Adam....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Dante’s Inferno in Milton´s Paradise Lost

- Many arguments have been made that Dante’s Inferno glimmers through here and there in Milton’s Paradise Lost. While at first glance the two poems seem quite drastically different in their portrayal of Hell, but scholars have made arguments that influence from Dante shines through Milton’s work as well as arguments refuting these claims. All of these arguments have their own merit and while there are instances where a Dantean influence can be seen throughout Paradise Lost, Milton’s progression of evil and Satan are quite different from Dante....   [tags: valley of serpents, purgatorio, hell]

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Evil in Disguise in John Milton´s Paradise Lost

- According to the Christian religion the Devil, or Satan, is the source of sin and temptation. It is believed that there was a war in heaven against the rule of God and that Satan lead away many of the host of heaven to become fallen angels as God expelled the traitors from the heavens. John Milton wished to write a poem by which he could be remembered as the authors of the odyssey, Iliad, and the Aeneid. He did this in the form an epic poem about the story of Eden. Milton’s poem is written from the point of view of Satan and in such a way that he appears to be the heroic figure of the tale....   [tags: Devil, Poem, Christianity]

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The Role of Satan in Dante's Inferno and Specifically in Paradise Lost

- The source of all evil, a terrifying entity, and the adversary of God in an eternal war for the souls of mankind, Satan is often put forward as a powerful “other,” having little in common with those he tempts and torments. For example, in Dante’s Inferno, Satan is massive, strong and beast-like, chained like Cerberus in Hell for the punishment of mankind, chewing on the bodies of history’s greatest traitors like a vicious dog. Milton's relatable, human-like Satan is on the other end of the spectrum....   [tags: the creation of evil]

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Hope and Fear in Dr. Faustus and Paradise Lost

- Hope and fear are two powerful emotions that affect the main characters in both Dr. Faustus and Paradise Lost. The characters in both stories all have their own hopes, but they are all tested, tempted, and eventually led into committing sin by the Devil, who uses his ability to spread fear to manipulate the characters’ actions. While Adam, Eve, and Dr. Faustus all eventually give in to their fear of Satan and lose grace with God, the fate of Adam and Eve differs than that of Dr. Faustus, because the hopes of Adam and Eve were different than that of Dr....   [tags: satan, sin, hope, intelligent]

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Paradise Lost’s Satan and The Grand Inquisitor's Evil

- Evil’s origin begins with Adam and Eve using their special gift, free will, to commit the first sin. They sinned because they were tempted from the free will to choose between following or disobeying God’s orders. Paradise Lost is an epic written by John Milton that describes the fallen angel Satan and the fall of man. The Grand Inquisitor by Fyodor Dostoevsky is about an archbishop who talks with Jesus and wants to burn him as a heretic. Paradise Lost and The Grand Inquisitor both discuss free will and the stories of two benevolent characters that use their free will to choose evil....   [tags: compare, contrast]

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Satan, the Core of Milton´s Paradise Lost

- The great debate whether Satan is the hero of Milton’s Epic Poem, Paradise Lost, has been speculated for hundreds of years. Milton, a writer devoted to theology and the appraisal of God, may not have intended for his portrayal of Satan to be marked as heroic. Yet, this argument is valid and shares just how remarkable the study of literature can be. Milton wrote his tale of the fall of man in the 1674. His masterpiece is an example of how ideas of a society change with time. This is because it wasn’t until the 1800’s during the Romantic era, that people no longer saw the hero of literary works as perfect in every way....   [tags: theology, hero, poetry, Heaven vs Hell]

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Analysis of Satan in Milton’s Paradise Lost

- Beginning at a young age, people are taught to always be obedient to God or else you will face consequences. We are later taught that if you sin and don’t repent, you will end up in Hell after death with Satan. Satan is always referred to the worst possible thing in the world and ruler of the fallen ruled. But who really is this being called Satan. Why is he always in opposition of God. Satan personifies evil and temptation. He is known to deceive humans and lead them astray. In Milton’s Paradise Lost, Satan has three primary motivations: power, revenge, and praise....   [tags: Power, Revenge, Praise]

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John Miltons Paradise Lost

- John Miltons Paradise Lost John Milton’s Paradise Lost is a religious work, and is in many ways an autobiography of Milton’s own life. John Milton was raised catholic and converted to Protestantism. Later in life he became a Calvinist. His strong Calvinists beliefs can be seen throughout Paradise Lost. It was Milton’s desire to be a great poet, but he did not believe that was his purpose in life. He believed that he had been put here to serve God, and that any thing that he wrote should be in one way or another related to that purpose....   [tags: essays papers]

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John Milton's Paradise Lost

- John Milton's Paradise Lost Freedom (free will) is the absence of imposed behavior. Individual freedom is obviously attractive, but when there is real freedom of choice, the wrong choice is the one that is made - such as the choice made by Satan who although he can be admired for his having dared to rebel against the norm, is not heroic for having chosen to plot against God. Free will was given to man in order to be able to choose the faith since in the absence of free will, there is no way to test faith....   [tags: Epic Biblical Poems Blind Faith Essays]

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Lost paradise and The Book of Genesis

- The Dynamic Transformation of Adam and Eve After reading Milton’s Lost Paradise and The Book of Genesis, I noticed some similarities and many differences. Although many of the characters names and personalities were similar, the viewpoints in which these stories were written differed. For example, In Milton’s lost paradise the reader is able to actually see what the characters are thinking and their reasons for doing things, whereas in The Book of Genesis the characters actions are unpredictable....   [tags: dynamic transformation, Adam and Eve]

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Paradise Lost

- Paradise Lost Milton writes Paradise Lost in the tradition of a classic epic poem. All epic poems contain some common features. Milton follows this outline with great precision and style. His poem uses the guidelines of an epic poem and elaborates upon them to make his poem one of the most popular epics written. In his poem, Milton uses the key points of an epic poem when he traditionally invokes a muse to speak through him, includes great deeds of valor, long speeches, and a list of the protagonists Milton follows the tradition of epic poetry when he asks a muse to speak through him....   [tags: Papers]

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Paradise Lost

- Paradise Lost: an Essay Upon viewing the documentary, “Paradise Lost”, one of my first impressions was a feeling of shock at the hysteria surrounding the case, and how heavily it impacted the trial. Another area of concern was the tenuous (or nonexistent) evidence tying these youths to these horrible murders. The entire essence of the prosecution’s case was a confession of questionable authenticity by Jessie Misskelley, Jr, coupled with a community-based fear of a satanic ritual having occurred....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Paradise Lost

- John Milton was born in Bread Street, Cheapside, London, on the 9th of December 1608. The first sixteen years of Milton’s life, coinciding with the last sixteen of the reign of James I. His father, a prosperous business man, was known ass a man of great taste, and was interested in the music of London at the time. Music was thus a part of the poet’s life since birth. His father forced him to get an education in all scholarly areas. He was taught by Puritan clergymen who gave Milton his extreme ideas about God....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Paradise Lost

- Paradise Lost The poem is divided up into 12 books. The verse is English heroic without rhyme, as that of Homer in Greek, and of Virgil in Latin. (Knopf, 1996) “This neglect then of rhyme so little is to be taken for a defect, though it may seem so perhaps to vulgar readers, that it rather is to be esteemed an example set, the first in English, of ancient liberty recovered to heroic poem from the troublesome and modern bondage of writing.” (Knopf, 1996) Book One proposes the whole subject of the poem of mans disobedience and the loss of the Paradise where God had placed him....   [tags: essays papers]

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John Milton: A View of Evil vs. Ignorance

- ... Satan is much like Cromwell because of how ambitious they both were in taking over either Heaven or England. The main difference between Satan and Cromwell would be the tyrants they decided to defeat. King Charles was overthrown because of his influence on the country religion, and how the country was ran, and God created mankind, and gave them the choice of free will and not the angels, leading Satan to be juvenile, and jealous. “Satan is a portrait of rebellion gone wrong, but not of the wrongs of rebellion” (Bryson)....   [tags: John Milton's Paradise Lost]

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Milton's Paradise Lost

- Milton's Paradise Lost From the War in Heaven through the fall of man in Paradise Lost, Satan's weapon at every point is some form of fraud (Anderson, 135). Milton's Paradise Lost explains the biblical story of Adam and Eve. Although the epic is similar to the Bible story in many ways, Milton's character structure of Satan differs from that of the Bible's version. Milton describes the characters as the way he believes they are throughout the epic. In book two of Paradise Lost, Milton portrays Satan as a rebel who exhibits certain heroic qualities, but who turns out not to be a hero....   [tags: Papers]

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Everyone Has the Capacity to Do Evil

- ... Throughout a series of experiments he brought into existence his darker half that he had hidden over the years and was eager to release. His darker half was known as Mr. Edward Hyde a violent and cruel being who killed an innocent person after his anger got out of control. Later on after things get more out of control Dr. Jekyll confesses to his closest friends Dr. Lanyon and Mr. Utterson that he was both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde “I have been doomed to such a dreadful shipwreck: that man is not truly one but truly two.”(pg....   [tags: Macbeth, Paradise Lost, Beowulf]

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Analysis of Paradise Lost by John Milton

- Analysis of Paradise Lost by John Milton By analyzing John Milton's Paradise Lost, it is plain to see it is a fine example of epic poetry. For the most part, John Milton follows the three main guidelines that construct an epic poem. By beginning in a formal way, having supernatural warfare, and engaging a character in a dark voyage, John Milton clearly uses classical epic characteristics. In traditional epic poetry, the poet asks a muse to speak through him. In the very beginning, Milton invokes a muse to inspire and instruct him....   [tags: Papers]

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The Message in John Milton's Paradise Lost

- Paradise Lost is an epic of epic proportions. It chronologs the designs of Satan, the fall of the angels, the creation and subsequent fall of man from paradise, and finally ends with some hope for a paradise regained. At first glance it seems to be two epics rolled into one. The book begins right away introducing us to the would be protagonist, Satan, up against an indominable force, God. We are made to sympathise with Satan's plight and almost admire him or hope for his success. There is a certain excitement and allure to Satan and even to Hell....   [tags: free essay writer]

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The Hero in Paradise Lost by John Milton

- The Hero in Paradise Lost by John Milton Critics abroad have argued about who the hero is of John Milton's "Paradise Lost:" Satan, Adam or Christ, the Son. Since Milton's overall theme stated in the opening lines of Book I is to relate 'Man's first disobedience' and to 'justify the ways of God to men', Adam must be regarded as the main hero. John M. Steadman supports this view in an essay on "Paradise Lost:" "It is Adam's action which constitutes the argument of the epic." Steadman continues: The Son and Satan embody heroic archetypes and that, through the interplay of the infernal and celestial strategies, Milton represents Satan's plot against man and Christ's resolution to save him...   [tags: Papers]

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Politics And The English Language, Paradise Lost

- 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....   [tags: John Milton]

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Exploring the Role of Marriage in Paradise Lost

- Exploring the Role of Marriage in Paradise Lost In his epic poem, Paradise Lost, John Milton addresses the role of woman and man within the institution of marriage. More specifically, he explores why such a bond is considered sacred within the context of his Protestant religion. The book of Genesis offers two guidelines for an ideal marriage, both exemplified in the relationship between Adam and Eve. The first account states, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Gen....   [tags: Religion God Relationships Papers]

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A Comparison of God and Satan in Paradise Lost

- Comparison of God and Satan in Paradise Lost      In this essay I shall be focusing on the characters of G-d and Satan from 'Paradise Lost' by John Milton.  Within the essay I shall be attempting to elucidate on the themes of ambiguity of the two characters as well as the uncertainty of moral integrity of each, characterized by John's Milton's use of sentence structure, private thoughts and symbolism.   Foremost I would like to look at the way the way in which Milton characterizes the characters of Satan in particular.  Milton specifically presents different elements of Satan's character by his interaction with those around him....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Heroism in Prometheus Bound and Paradise Lost

- Heroism in Prometheus Bound and Paradise Lost Heroism, the act of exhibiting noble or self-sacrificing conduct, and the appearance of heroism are two nearly indistinguishable manners. Their difference is the amount of depth contained, in definition. Heroism is an occupation. In determining if a character is heroic, the commentator must know the character’s intentions, manners, and desires. The appearance of heroism is a quality. To determine an appearance, the reader can use one piece of information to decide if a character appears heroic....   [tags: Papers]

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Shelly's "Frankenstein" and Milton's "Paradise Lost"

- Mary Shelly's "Frankenstein" narrates a story about a scientist, Victor Frankenstein, and his creation of a monster set apart from all worldly creatures. Frankenstein's creation parallels Milton's "Paradise Lost" and God's creation of man; Victor Frankenstein is symbolic of God and the monster is symbolic of Adam. The parallel emphasizes the moral limitations of mankind through Victor Frankenstein and the disjunction and correlation with "Paradise Lost". Shelly links the two stories together through Victor's creation of the monster and his "fall" from humanity which I will focus on initially....   [tags: European Literature]

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Utopia in Gulliver Travels and Paradise Lost

- The Inconceivable Utopia in Gulliver Travels and Paradise Lost     In Jonathon Swift's Gulliver Travels and in John Milton's Paradise Lost, the reader is presented with two lands representing utopias. For Swift this land is an island inhabited by horse like creatures called Houyhnhnms who rule over man like beasts called Yahoos. For Milton, the Garden of Eden before the Fall of man represents Paradise. In it, Adam and Eve are pure and innocent, untested and faithful to God. The American Heritage Dictionary defines utopia as "an ideally perfect place, especially in its social, political, and moral aspects." And while Houyhnhnm Land and the Garden of Eden may seem like ideally perfect plac...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Paradise Lost: Is Satan a Tragic Hero?

- In Milton's Paradise Lost, he writes the story of the fall of Satan, his followers, and mankind. Many critics often view Satan as the unlikely or tragic hero of the epic poem. Satan is, obviously, the main character throughout most of the poem, but not necessarily the hero. Satan's main purpose is to fight G-d, and try to be on the same level as Him. The important thing is to realize that Satan is sin, and being humans, who are all born into sin, we can easily relate to a sinful character. G-d is holy and perfect....   [tags: World Literature]

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Satan in John Milton's Paradise Lost

- Who is Satan. Satan’s definitions include the advocate of God, a personification of evil, the fallen angel, a spirit created by God, and also the accuser. People see Satan differently, some know of his existence, others think of him as just a myth, and there are those that just ignore him. John Milton's Paradise Lost tells of Satan's banishment from Heaven and his gain of earth. He and his brigade have plotted war against God and are now doomed to billow in the fiery pits of hell. Satan is a complex character with many different qualities....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Divine Comedy vs. Paradise Lost

- Full Circle – from Sin to Salvation Great works of literature have been written throughout history. However, The Divine Comedy and Paradise Lost have the inept ability to stir the soul and cause a person to examine and re-examine their life. The brilliant descriptions, use of imagery, metaphor and simile give a person a vivid picture of the creation of man and the possibilities for life in the hereafter. This is done, as a person is able to see, full circle, from the beginning of time to the end of time, the consequences of turning away from God....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Fall of Man in John Milton’s Epic Poem, Paradise Lost

- Paradise Lost, John Milton’s epic poem about the fall of man and the loss of Eden, is a subtly politically charged writing that reflects his own personal struggles and political viewpoints during 17th century England. There are many similarities between his epic poem and the despair and disappointment experienced during the reign of Charles I and the English Civil War. Through this poem, and with attention paid to the historical context with which it was written, Milton not only produces a great work of English literature, but also the seed for a discussion on civil disobedience and civil war....   [tags: eden, england, parliament]

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Retellings and History in Paradise Lost and His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

- While Phillip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials, does examine the “big ol’ metaphysical questions,” – the great Miltonic questions of free will, love and obedience among others – it is also about the act and art of reading. Or as Shelley King describes it, he focuses on the “process of textual interpretation and the role it plays in the framing of metaphysical questions within a culture” (106). The fantasy worlds of His Dark Materials are as shaped by the history and interpretations of texts as ours....   [tags: textual interpretation, trilogy, daemons]

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A Thirst for Revenge in Frankenstein by Mary Shelly and Paradise Lost by John Milton

- The novel of Paradise Lost by John Milton starts with the story of Adam and Eve and how they had lost their place in Paradise, this story comes from the first chapters of the Bible called Genesis. Milton expands on the story of creation, giving it more details and then he introduces the story of Satan. Satan, also known as Lucifer was an angel in heaven that resented his lack of recognition in heaven, he created a war against God, and this lead to Lucifer’s exile to hell. Satan is determined to get back at God for sending him to hell, so he decides to hurt what God loved the most - man....   [tags: hatred, savage, creature]

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Comparing Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to John Milton's Paradise Lost

- In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein and his creation are both symbolically comparable to that of God, Adam and Satan as characterized in John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost. In Frankenstein, Victor is the one who wants to be the first man to be able to give life. Even though Victor is successful in his creation, just as God is in Paradise Lost, he is a self-absorbed man who takes it upon himself to discover the truths of morality and to obtain more knowledge. Victor’s creation, the monster, is symbolic to both Adam and to Satan in Milton's epic poem....   [tags: creation, god, satan]

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What is Heaven without Hell? in Paradise Lost by John Milton

- ... If he did not experience the darkness of Hell, he would have never appreciated the light of Heaven. Initially, the narrator only offers physical descriptions of hell. The narrator portrays hell as “A Dungeon horrible, on all sides round / As one great Furnace flam’d, yet from those flames / No light, but rather darkness visible / Serv’d only to discover sights of woe, / Regions of sorrow, doleful shades,” (Paradise Lost, Book I, lines 61-5). The audience is introduced to a new land that evokes misery from every angle....   [tags: character, development, accommodation]

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The Day the World Turned Upside Down: Galileo and Paradise Lost

- After two-thousand years of Western science making excuses for the problems of a geocentric model of the universe, Galileo finally did the unthinkable; he declared that the sun did not orbit the earth. This not only invalidated almost everything astronomers of the time held true, but it threw into question humanity’s place in God’s plan. If he had not put us at the center of the universe, did that mean he did not value us as much as we had previously thought. This revelation of a heliocentric universe threw astronomers’ world out of the nice, orderly spheres of the Ptolemaic system, and into a random and chaotic existence, without as much clear proof of a divine plan....   [tags: evil, religion, intellectualism]

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Analysis: The Character Satan in John Milton´s Paradise Lost

- “Milton's Satan is one of the most dynamic and complicated characters in all of literature.” Throughout Milton’s Paradise Lost, there are many primary motivations that Satan lives by. Although God told people that they are supposed to follow his guidance or be shunned from heaven, Satan decides to do so. He creates a very interesting, but at the same time, scary dynamic plot. When I think of what motivates myself to make the decisions I do, it is the thought that some day, I could end up in a place like that....   [tags: Hell, Overthrow, Lucifer]

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Innocence or Freewill? A critique of Milton’s Theodicy Using Paradise Lost)

- ... Eve is no longer innocent, but filled with knowledge. She then takes the fruit to Adam for him to eat from. Although he knows it’s the wrong thing to do to sin, he eats it anyway because he loves Eve. He says, “Much pleasure have we lost, while we abstain’d from this delightful Fruit, nor known till now true relish, tasting; if such pleasure be in things to us forbidden, it might be wish’d for this one Tree had been forbidden ten. But come, so well refresh’t, now let us play.” (Book 9, lines 1022-1028) From here on, carnality emerges from the Garden of Eden....   [tags: bible, traditional teaching, good, evil]

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Satan’s Downfall in John Milton’s Paradise Lost

- Paradise Lost opens in media res: Satan is in a dire situation. He has been defeated and damned to hell’s fiery lake from heaven for disobedience to God, the same original sin committed by Adam and Eve. When he was an angel, Satan wanted others to look up to him instead of God. He decided to rebel after God declared his son to be above all other angels in glory and successfully persuaded one-third of God’s angels to join him in his rebellion. Together, they declared war on God and all those residing in his perfect heaven....   [tags: hell, god, obedience]

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Adam and Eve: Breaking the Social Construct With John Milton's Paradise Lost

- Man above woman, or woman above man. For the entirety of human civilization, this question of gender hierarchy has been divisive issue. Regardless, Milton does not hesitate to join the heat of the battle, and project his thoughts to the world. Since the publication of Paradise Lost, many of Milton’s readers have detected in his illustration of the prelapsarian couple, particularly of Adam, a powerful patriarchal sentiment: “he for God only, and she for God in him” (Milton, IV.299). In essence, this idea declares that Adam and Eve possess unequal roles – Adam is better than Eve, as men are better than women, in accordance to the deeply conventional reading of the relations between the sexes....   [tags: Human Civilization, Gender Norms]

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Parallelism of Satan and Eve in John Milton´s Paradise Lost

- ... Paradise Lost opens by describing the birth of original sin lead by Satan’s revolt from God and his hard fall, setting the framework for the rest of Milton’s story of Satan’s plan to bring men to join him in his evil kingdom. Before Satan’s fall, the flexibility of his free will makes him “[trust] to have equaled the Most High,” (I, 40). Coming in second to God, the envy for His position twisted Satan’s thinking and caused him to plan a demise to prove his equality, or even superiority, to God....   [tags: evil, sin, free, will, falls]

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Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Milton’s Satan of Paradise Lost

- Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Milton’s Satan of Paradise Lost bear many similarities to each other. Both characters possess diabolical ambitions to overthrow the natural order of their circumstances for the lust for power. Both committed atrocious acts that led to others’ downfalls-Macbeth committed multiple acts of murder, and Satan vowed to corrupt humankind and did so with deceit. Both are portrayed as complex characters with, in some cases, conflicted feelings about their evil doings. Aside from these similarities, there are significant differences as well....   [tags: Comparing Macbeth and Satan ]

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Milton's Use of the Homeric Tradition of Epic Simile in "Paradise Lost"

- Throughout the epic Paradise Lost by John Milton, we see Milton continue the Homeric tradition of epic simile for a number of reasons. Initially Milton may just be using these simile’s to stay true to the decorum of the epic at the time, but the simile’s also do something more for the reader. They show us Milton’s attitude toward Satan, the relationship of heroic to Christian values and more. It is quite interesting that thus far in the epic Milton does not use an epic simile to describe God, which may set the heavens and it’s All powerful king in it’s own terms....   [tags: Classic Literature]

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True Theodicy within John Milton

- John Milton was one of the smartest men in the world during his time, and he knew it. Milton was a child prodigy, reading more books than most men do in a life time. He was also a very Christian man. Milton saw his talents as given to him from God. He spent his whole life working to do something that no man had ever done before, but he was doing it for God. He saw his talent as a gift that needed to be used. Using his talent became much more difficult when he began to lose his sight. Being blind did not stop him from reaching his goal, though....   [tags: free will, child prodigy, paradise lost]

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Paradise Lost by John Milton

- The family reunion that takes place with Satan, Sin and Death foreshadows the fall of man. Sin and Death are personifications against broken heavenly laws: narcissism, incest and lust. Satan becomes enamored by his own creation because he sees himself in her image; "...who full oft/Thyself in me thy perfect image…" ll. 763-764. However, he goes on to commit two other sins as he lusts and goes off "in secret" with his own daughter. Sin, in turn, gives birth so painfully, she describes it as such, "breaking violent way/Tore through my entrails"....   [tags: sin, death]

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Discuss Milton’s presentation of Satan in Paradise Lost

- Discuss Milton’s presentation of Satan in Paradise Lost There has been considerable critical interest in the figure of Satan in Paradise Lost, and in the possibility that he may be the true hero of the epic poem. The opening of the poem finds Milton in a tough spot: writing an epic poem without an epic hero in sight. In order to achieve a rationally balanced poem, he wants to let the first half rise from Hell through Chaos and towards Heaven, thereby balancing the fall of humankind in the following Garden scenes....   [tags: English Literature]

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Christian and Pagan Influence in Paradise Lost and Beowulf

- Christian and Pagan Influence in Paradise Lost and Beowulf       In Paradise Lost, Milton is adept at drawing from both Christian and pagan sources and integrating them in such a way that they reinforce one another (Abrams 1075). Of course it is a commonplace for critics to believe that Milton valued his Christian sources more highly than the pagan ones (Martindale 20); this is most likely due to the fact that he regarded the Christian sources as vessels of the truth. His classical allusions, on the other hand, served as references for things fallen or damned....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast christbeo paganbeo]

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Paradise Lost

- Peter Schrag presents the ills of California?fs current politics in an angry and persuasive tone. He says California used to be ?gboth model and magnet for the nation—in its economic opportunities, its social outlook, and its high-quality public services and institutes?h; however, California started to fade after the passage of Proposition 13, the initiative of tax limits (7). Schrag?fs work clearly shows what is the problem in today?fs California, and it is easy to understand even for those who have little knowledge of politics....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Reflections of Milton in Paradise Lost and On Having Arrived

- Reflections of Milton in Paradise Lost and On Having Arrived At a young age, John Milton was convinced that he was destined for greatness. He thought that he "might perhaps leave something so written to aftertimes as they should not willingly let it die"(Text 414). For this reason he thought that his life was very important to himself and to others. He often wrote directly about himself, and he used his life experiences as roots for his literature. In Paradise Lost and in a sonnet entitled "On His Blindness," Milton speaks indirectly and directly of his loss of vision....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Essay on Shelley's Frankenstein and Milton's Paradise Lost

- Shelley's Frankenstein and Milton's Paradise Lost      Even upon first glance, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and John Milton's Paradise Lost seem to have a complex relationship, which is discernible only in fractions at a time.  Frankenstein is Mary Shelley's reaction to John Milton's epic poem, in which he wrote the Creation myth as we perceive it today.  His characterizations of Adam and Eve and the interactions of Satan and God and the impending Fall seem to have almost taken a Biblical proportion by themselves.  By the time that Mary Shelley read Paradise Lost, it was indeed a stalwart in the canon of English Literature, so it should not come as a surprise to the reader the it should p...   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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"Paradise Lost": An Epic to Surpass All Epics

- An Epic to Surpass all Epics The epic poem Paradise Lost by John Milton was written during a time of religious revolution in England. The subject matter of this epic poem, in the words of Milton, is "[o]f man's first disobedience" (line 1). In this blank verse, Milton refers to the story in Genesis where Eve tempts Adam to eat the "forbidden fruit." In the first five lines of the poem he describes the beginning of mortality, suffering, and man's restoration, as "the fruit [o]f that forbidden tree, whose mortal taste [b]rought death into the world, and all our woe, [w]ith loss of Eden, till one greater Man [r]estore us, and regain the blissful seat" (lines 1-5)....   [tags: European Literature]

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Comparison of Odyssey, Divine Comedy, and Paradise Lost

- A Comparison of Odyssey, Divine Comedy, and Paradise Lost      Epics by definition are long narrative poems, that are grand in both theme and style (Webster 417).  They usually involve actions of great glory and are typically centered around historical or legendary events of universal significance.  Most epics deal with the deeds of a single individual, however, it is not uncommon to have more than one main character.  Epics embody several main features including: supernatural forces, sometimes the deity of the time, that shape the action; battles or other forms of physical combat; and a formal statement of the theme of the epic.  Everyday details of life are commonpla...   [tags: comparison compare contrast compody]

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Wisdom vs. Vanity in John Milton's Paradise Lost

- Wisdom vs. Vanity in John Milton's Paradise Lost In the seventeeth century, women were not permitted to embrace in the power of knowledge. John Milton portrays the only female character in his epic poem, Paradise Lost, as a subservient creature caught in a seemingly misogynistic society. Milton states Eve's location in the great chain of authority of his time quite clearly with her inferiority to man repeated frequently throughout the epic, especially amplified in Book IV and Book IX. Milton uses the character of Eve to represent the ills that can befall mankind after she (the woman) breaks the chain of authority in which she was placed....   [tags: Papers]

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Influence of The Metamorphoses and Paradise Lost in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

- Influence of The Metamorphoses and Paradise Lost in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Frankenstein, possibly Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's most well-known work, is considered by some to be the greatest Gothic Romance Novel. Due to her marriage to Percy Bysshe Shelley and close friendship with other prolific Romantic authors and poets, namely Lord Byron, Shelley's works permeate with Romantic themes and references. Also present in Frankenstein are obvious allusions to The Metamorphoses by Ovid and Paradise Lost by Milton....   [tags: Papers]

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Powerful Women of The Faerie Queene and Paradise Lost

-       Two very powerful female figures are presented in Error of The Faerie Queene, and Sin of Paradise Lost. These two characters are quite similar in description, Milton making a clear tribute to Spencer's work. Both characters have the same monster qualities, and both posses allegorical names and qualities. Error is by far the most disgustingly described of the two monsters. In Book 1, Canto 1, she is the first obstacle to meet the knight and his party. She represents the consequences of the night's foolhardiness and over-confidence....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Comparison of Civilization in The Oresteia and Milton's Paradise Lost

- Civilization in The Oresteia and Paradise Lost         The continual search for a perfect civilization marks the history of human progress. From Plato to Locke to Marx, man has sought to order society to provide justice for himself and his children. In this quest for paradise, myths of primitivity help describe how social institutions can direct humans away from their temptations toward higher goals. In Aeschylus' The Oresteia and John Milton's Paradise Lost, human civilization is viewed as an imperfect balance of opposites which helps combat man's tendencies toward barbarism and misogyny....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Constrasting Styles in Paradise Lost by John Milton

- Constrasting Styles in Paradise Lost by John Milton In the excerpts from John Milton's Paradise Lost, the reader can see the various elements of style Milton uses to achieve two different effects. His diction produces a brutal tone in Passage A, while painting an idyllic picture in Passage B. Milton's sentence structure supports his diction. The syntax of Passage A is sharp, while Passage B's is more flowing. Figurative language, especially conceit, is pervasive throughout both passages, and the poetic devices -- mainly hyperbole -- add to the overall effect of the passages....   [tags: Papers]

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Woman's Role Defined in "Paradise Lost" and the Bible

- John Milton's Paradise Lost attempts to justify "God's will" by giving a better understanding of the "ways of God", according to the author. In his work, Milton addresses several issues from biblical text as he expands on the "role of woman" as it is written in the book of Genesis. "Woman's role" is recognized and presented as one that is subordinate to man. Several associations are recognized between Milton's work and books of the Bible which reveal much about the way both of these books intend to define the role of a woman....   [tags: World Literature]

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Is Femininity as Much of a Threat in "Paradise Lost" as It Is in "The Aeneid"?

- When Virgil and Milton wrote their epic poems, they were both writing for societies which plainly did not believe in equality of the sexes. The seventeenth century poet, John Milton, takes the attitude common to the time period while portraying Eve - the only female character in the whole of Paradise Lost: the belief that women were weak, inferior and even soulless. Likewise, Virgil's portrayal of the women in the Aeneid as temptresses, manipulators, interferers is in agreement with how ancient Roman society viewed women....   [tags: Comparative Literature]

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Death in Beowulf, Henry IV, and Paradise Lost

- Death in Beowulf, Henry IV, and Paradise Lost Characters in Death view their lives in retrospect and, very often, for these characters hindsight is twenty twenty. This statement holds true for any incidence of retrospect, however. When an event has passed you take yourself out of that situation emotionally and therefore lose the emotion-controlling factor which can cloud one's perspective. Assuming an after-life does exist, one may argue that the perspective you get on your life is clear because you are no longer concerned with your human emotions....   [tags: Beowulf]

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Comparing Truth in The Education of Children, Paradise Lost and Hamlet

- Nature of Truth in The Education of Children, Paradise Lost and Hamlet          To some, truth is something that is absolute and unchanging. To others, truth is volatile and inconstant. In the 16th and 17th century, the foundations of civilization itself had been shaken. Many of the ideas which were thought to be absolutely true had been plunged into the depths of uncertainty. The cosmological, geographical, and religious revolutions called into question the nature of truth itself. It is no wonder, then, that some of the great writers at the time included within their works a treatise on the ways in which truth is constructed....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comparing John Milton’s Paradise Lost to Pleasantville

- Comparing John Milton’s Paradise Lost to Pleasantville I don’t know if I connected the experiential dots with any dexterity regarding John Milton’s Paradise Lost until I visited Disney World recently. It wasn’t until Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, Cruella De Vil, Jafar the evil sorcerer, the Beauty, and the Beast came down Main Street, U.S.A. that I was more able to appreciate the prodigiousness of the procreative masque within Paradise Lost. Panorama grabs the viewer; and, with a mere touch of the remote control, it thrusts him/her into Eden, Main Street, or Pleasantville....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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Paradise Lost: Moloch's Warfare Vs. Belial's Coexistence

- The Second Book of Paradise Lost, by John Milton, opens at the Council of War amongst the demons of Hell. Moloch, demon warrior, passionately advocates for open warfare. On the other hand, Belial, the sarcastic demon, uses asperity to criticize Moloch's argument. This Council, particularly the arguments that Moloch and Belial present, represent two separate schools of thought: warfare at any cost and existence at any price. Moloch, upon getting his chance to speak, wastes no time in expressing his opinion: open warfare with heaven....   [tags: European Literature]

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John Milton's Epic Poem, Lost Paradise

- ... Satan’s motivations in line 242-270 of Book 1 of Paradise Lost seem pretty clear, but there are possibly some hidden motivation’s also. One can automatically assume Satan is working to get back at God and the rest of the Heavenly Host because of hurt pride. Satan is a very egotistical being, so much so that he believed he and his army would be able to defeat God. When God struck him down, Satan’s pride was wounded. Even though his ego has taken a big hit, Satan is still proud and arrogant. “Receive thy new Possessor; One who brings/ A mind not to be chang’d by Place or Time.” (Book 1, lines 252-253) Satan vows revenge on God and the heavenly host....   [tags: theology, satan, heroes]

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The Significance of Satan as the Leader of Hell

- In the epic, Paradise Lost, John Milton draws from the book of Genesis in the Bible to not only convey the fall of man, but also to present his views on many controversial issues. To best present his beliefs, Milton utilizes characters from Genesis to draw comparisons between real-life issues and the well-known story of Adam and Eve. One of the ways that Milton seeks to express his opposition to the monarchy in England is through the use of Satan as the leader of what Milton establishes as a sort of democracy in Hell....   [tags: satan, puritan, john Milton, paradise lost]

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Milton and Cavendish: Faithful Realists

- Milton and Cavendish: Faithful Realists Inquiries regarding the nature and acquisition of knowledge, coupled with the monumental question of whether human beings are capable of accruing knowledge–the philosophical study of epistemology–has roots buried in antiquity: Genesis, to be exact. Great thinkers of the Western tradition have both accepted and rejected components of Old Testament lore; Platonic and Aristotelian philosophers have indeed battled for centuries over the way in which reality is understood....   [tags: Paradise lost Blazing World]

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Glenn Duncan's Use of Milton's Satan

- Glen Duncan's novel I, Lucifer can be read as an infernal reply to the divinely inspired Paradise Lost. This is particularity apparent when comparing the separate accounts of the fall of Satan and the garden of Eden, as well as countless details throughout the stories. These accounts are incredibly similar, but unsurprisingly, due to his use of Satan as narrator, Duncan spins the stories to play up the lack of justice in Satan's treatment. In many ways I, Lucifer can be considered a sequel to Paradise Lost....   [tags: Lucifer, justice, Satan, Paradise Lost, fate]

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