A Discussion of Milton’s Theodicy in Paradise Lost

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Milton explains in Paradise Lost that free will is the answer to the justification of Gods ways to man. There are three parts, or triangle, of theodicy, they are that God is all powerful, all good, yet there are still bad things that happen. Milton wrote to explain and justify why there are still bad things even though God is all good, and all powerful. Milton’s answer to this is that there is all good and all power, but the bad is not God’s fault. Milton has three key ideas to support his reasoning that he talks about in Paradise Lost; what happens before man, what happens in the Garden of Eden, and what happens at the end.
The triangle of theodicy begins in Milton’s Paradise Lost before mankind is made. The novel goes through a series of falls among the characters that help Milton explain his idea of theodicy through an epic poem. “Paradise Lost, which chronicles Satan's temptation of Adam and Eve and their expulsion from Eden, is widely regarded as his masterpiece and one of the greatest epic poems in world literature.” (Horace) The opening lines of the poem tell you of the fall of man. “Of Man’s First disobedience, and the fruit of that Forbidden Tree whose mortal taste Brought Death into the world,” (Book 1 lines 1-3) However, there had to be a fall before the humans, which was Satan, or else Adam and Eve would have never fallen. The first fall happens before man and consisted of Satan and his followers. “Milton's epic poem opens on the fiery lake…
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