Milton was a devout Christian and though the text is can be seen as subversive from a post-romantic, rugged individualism perspective, the original religious intent is made clear from the beginning, "to justify the ways of god to man". However, as recently asCS Lewis wrote that the poem does not seek to glorify Satan: It is, in my opinion, wholly erroneous.
He embarks on a mission to Earth that eventually leads to the fall of Adam and Eve, but also worsens his eternal punishment. His character changes throughout the poem. Satan often appears to speak rationally and persuasively, but later in the poem we see the inconsistency and irrationality of his thoughts.
He can assume any form, adopting both glorious and humble shapes. Read an in-depth analysis of Satan. Adam is grateful and obedient to God, but falls from grace when Eve convinces him to join her in the sin of eating from the Tree of Knowledge. Read an in-depth analysis of Adam.
Because she was made from Adam and for Adam, she is subservient to him.
She is also weaker than Adam, so Satan focuses his powers of temptation on her. Read an in-depth analysis of Eve. He foresees the fall of mankind through them.
He does not prevent their fall, in order to preserve their free will, but he does allow his Son to atone for their sins. When the fall of man is predicted, He offers himself as a sacrifice to pay for the sins of mankind, so that God the Father can be both just and merciful. Beelzebub discusses with Satan their options after being cast into Hell, and at the debate suggests that they investigate the newly created Earth.
He and Satan embody perverted reason, since they are both eloquent and rational but use their talents for wholly corrupt ends. Belial argues against further war with Heaven, but he does so because he is an embodiment of sloth and inactivity, not for any good reason.
His eloquence and learning is great, and he is able to persuade many of the devils with his faulty reasoning. Mammon always walks hunched over, as if he is searching the ground for valuables. In the debate among the devils, he argues against war, seeing no profit to be gained from it.
He believes Hell can be improved by mining the gems and minerals they find there. Moloch argues in Pandemonium that the devils should engage in another full war against God and his servant angels.
Sin has the shape of a woman above the waist, that of a serpent below, and her middle is ringed about with Hell Hounds, who periodically burrow into her womb and gnaw her entrails. She guards the gates of Hell. Death in turn rapes his mother, begetting the mass of beasts that torment her lower half.
Gabriel confronts Satan after his angels find Satan whispering to Eve in the Garden. Uriel is the angel whom Satan tricks when he is disguised as a cherub. His character demonstrates the power of repentance.John Milton's Satan in Paradise Lost is very much a romanticized character within the epic poem, and there has been much debate since the poem's publishing in over Milton's sentiments and whether Satan is the protagonist or a hero.
This paper examines the question whether Satan is really the hero of John Milton’s great epic poem Paradise Lost ().
There are controversial debates over this issue, and most critics believe that, although Satan acts and speaks heroically, God is the real hero of the poem, not Satan.
While Blake may have meant something other than what is generally understood from this quotation (see "Milton's Style" in the Critical Essays), the idea that Satan is the hero, or at least a type of hero, in Paradise Lost is widespread.
However, the progression, or, more precisely, regression, of Satan's character from Book I through Book X gives a much different and much clearer picture of Milton's . Paradise Lost: Themes • • • • • • Justice Freedom Obedience Knowledge and Ignorance Choices and Consequences The Human Condition.
Engraving. by William Faithmore. a few years after he completed Paradise Lost. of Milton in “Milton introduces a God in Paradise Lost who is wrathful and distanced, which makes Satan even more appealing and heroic, if not something of an “everyman” heroic figure that the reader has the possibility of identifying with” (Smith).
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