Analysis Of John Milton 's ' Paradise Lost '

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Satan is the first figure to speak in Milton’s poems in Paradise Lost. His words to Beelzebub are the sort of utterances a politician would make to his party members after a defeat. It combines convincement with the virtue of emotional manipulation. Satan’s words shift like a dream from expression of grief and sympathy to the restatement of united defiance, to which Beelzebub replies unconsciously. Milton creates this shift so subtly that it is hardly noticed and highlights through this that the gift of the gab—the talent of persuasive speech—is virtually the only resource that Satan possesses. However, the gift of the conversation is extensive and enough for Satan to carry on and try to meet his motives. It earns Satan the allegiance of his own conquered army, which, though a hard achievement, he has been able to manage swiftly and without much struggle. For instance, it helps him get out of Hell and also assists him past the throne of chaos. Satan’s gab also aids him in his entry to the Earth. Eve’s attention and also the fall are also as a result of Satan’s persuasive chats. In each and every of the named instances, Satan attempts to talk someone into something and ends up succeeding.
Milton was aware of the political power and the place in it for a competent and skillful speech. He brings out his contemporary experience to create the portrait of Satan in his poem. As Satan squares to tackle Eve, Cicero is at his back. Milton displays Satan an orator (IX, 671). He is so…
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