Analysis Of John Milton 's ' Paradise Lost '

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In books one, two, four and nine of Paradise Lost, Milton portrays Satan as heroic, introducing freedom and reason to the minds and lives of humanity. Satan allows his subservient fallen angels, as well as Adam and eve to recognize authority, reason and the true meaning of freedom. The beginning of the story is told through Satan’s point of view, making him the first empathetic character the reader is introduced to. From the very beginning of Book One, Satan explains how him and other fellow angels waged a war against God and ended up falling from Heaven. As punishment for his sin, Satan is sent to Hell, where happiness ceases to exist. Another fallen angel, Beelzebub suggests that the only reason why the fallen angels are still alive is to suffer their consequences, feeling punishment from God and satisfying his “vengeful ire”. Satan seeks to discover why God is making him suffer and plans to avenge God. The universe that Milton portrays in Paradise Lost with Heaven at the top, Hell at the bottom, and Earth in between is hierarchical. Satan seeks to destroy this hierarchy. God sat at the top of this hierarchy and was expected to be obeyed. Satan attempted to rebel against authority, claiming that the fallen angels’ goal in the new life they were given is to be evil: “To do ought never will be our task, / But ever to do ill our sole delight” (1.159-60). They are virulent towards God and want to act out in spite of him. Satan wants to gather more fallen angels to plan and…
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