An epic poem in blank verse, considered by many scholars to be one of the greatest poems of the English language. Paradise Lost tells the biblical story of the fall from grace of Adam and Eve (and, by extension, all humanity) in language that is a supreme achievement of rhythm and sound. The main characters in the poem are God, Lucifer (Satan), Adam, and Eve. Much has been written about Milton s powerful and sympathetic characterization of Satan. The Romantic poets William Blake and Percy Bysshe Shelley saw Satan as the real hero of the poem and applauded his rebellion against the tyranny of Heaven. Paradise Lost is about Adam and Eve--how they came to be created and how they came to lose their place in the Garden of Eden, also called Paradise. It s the same story you find in the first pages of Genesis, expanded by Milton into a very long, detailed, narrative poem. It also includes the story of the origin of Satan.
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Originally he was called Lucifer, an angel in heaven who led his followers in a war against God, and was ultimately sent with them to hell. Thirst for revenge led him to cause man s downfall by turning into a serpent and tempting Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. --Submitted by AnonymousFan of this book? Help us introduce it to others by. It's quick and easy,. Posted By Patito de Hule at Sat 69 Jul 7567, 66: 79 PM in Paradise Lost 9 RepliesPosted By jackcajyeh6778 at Wed 66 Jun 7565, 8: 87 AM in Paradise Lost 8 Replies I agree with most of the explanation and analysis above. But one thing else to be added is that a hero doesn't bear evil intentions ever, otherwise there would be no difference between a protagonist and an antagonist. SparkNotes is brought to you by. Visit B N to buy and rent, and check out our award-winning tablets and ereaders, including and. When Elizabeth I, the so-called Virgin Queen and the last of the Tudors. . With John Milton, we find much more of interest. Milton was a radical revisionist when it came to the Christian religion. His conclusions are laid out in a Latin treatise, De Doctrina Christiana ( DDC ), which was not published during his lifetime (he died in 6679). An effort to publish it in 6675 failed, and it only saw the light of day in 6878. Milton s most important revisionizing was his rejection of the doctrine of the Trinity.
The Son of God, who became incarnated as Jesus Christ, was indeed the First Begotten of God, but He was not Himself God. Milton could not decide whether the Holy Spirit was a real Person or not, but if so, He was a creature like the Son, not identical with the Creator. Angels are either good or bad, Milton says, for it is evident that some of them rebelled against God before the Fall of Man. To establish the fact of this rebellion, he is too literal-minded to refer to Isaiah 69, the Lucifer passage, as having anything to do with Satan. Rather, he cites John 8. 99, which he interprets thus: He [the Devil] did not abide in the Truth, for the Truth is not in him. He is the Father of Lying, speaking out of his own nature. In addition, he cites 7 Peter 7. 9: He did not spare the Angels who sinned Jude 6: Angels who did not keep their origin and 6 John 8. 8: The Devil sins from the beginning. For some reason he also cites Psalm 656. 87: They sacrificed to Demons —which would not establish a Fall of Angels before the Fall of Man ( DDC, Book 6, chap. 9). The Leader of the Angels, Milton continues, seems to be Michael, as in Revelation 67. 7-8 (Michael and his Angels fighting against the Dragon and his Angels). Many think that Michael is to be identified with Christ, an interpretation that Milton himself decisively rejects. For Christ is the sole conqueror and trampler of the Devil ( Christus victor solus et conculcator Diaboli ), whereas Michael is spoken of here as the Leader of the Angels against the Prince of Daemonia in an almost equal conflict. Milton also cites the Devil s dispute with Michael over the body of Moses in the Epistle of Jude ( chap.
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5. 8 above), where Michael is clearly not Christ. Maybe you have just a wrong url. Go to http: //www. Gutenberg. Org/ebooks/ first to see if the error persists. Each book of Paradise Lost is prefaced with an argument, or summary. These arguments were written by Milton and added because early readers had requested some sort of guide to the poem. Several of the books also begin with a prologue. The prologue to Book I states Milton's purpose: to tell about the fall of man and justify God's ways to man. The epic begins traditionally in medias res. Satan and the other rebellious angels awake to find themselves in Hell on a lake of fire. Satan is lying beside Beelzebub. Satan raises himself from the lake and flies to the shore. He calls for the other angels to do the same, and they assemble by the lake. Satan tells them that all is not lost and tries to inspire his followers. Led by Mammon and Mulciber, the fallen angels build their capital and palace, Pandemonium. The highest ranking of the angels then assemble for a council.
In the council, Satan asks what the demons think should be the next move against God. Moloch argues for open warfare. Belial twists Moloch's arguments, proposing that nothing should be done. Mammon, the materialistic angel, argues that they do the best with what they have. Finally, Beelzebub, Satan's second in command, proposes that the angels try to get at God through his new creation, Man. Beelzebub's proposal, which is really Satan's proposal, is adopted, and Satan volunteers to find the new world and new creatures. He leaves at once, flying to the Gate of Hell. There, he meets his children, Sin and Death. Sin opens the gate for Satan who flies out into Chaos and Night. Sin and Death follow him. Finally, in the distance Satan sees Earth. God watches Satan approach Earth and predicts his success in corrupting Man. Man has free will. But God omnisciently knows what will happen. God adds that Man can be saved through mercy and grace, but he must also accept the just punishment of death, unless someone takes on death for Man. The Son offers to become a man and suffer death in order to overcome it. The angels rejoice. In the meantime, Satan, sitting on the edge of the Earth, cannot see the way to Man.
Satan disguises himself as a cherub and flies to the sun to talk with the archangel, Uriel.