Analysis Of John Milton 's ' The Fall Of Mankind '

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The story of the fall of mankind, explored by John Milton in his epic Paradise Lost, has a way of defining the roles of solitude through its characters, and through those definitions the effects solitude has overall. The epic explores how the good and bad of what happens when one is left alone in their thought, and deep into it, a question is asked by a main character, “who can enjoy alone, or all enjoying, what contentment find?” (Book 8. Line 365-66). The way alone is defined is “having no one else present, on one’s own”; “taking or acting on its own”; and “no one or nothing else besides, exclusive of all other people or things”. All three definitions will be explored, because in ways each definition applies to more than one character, and some characters are defined by more than one definition of alone. The way solitude is presented in Paradise Lost is that the time spent in solitude distances the characters from each other, and allows for both good and evil to come from their time spent alone. The main characters define solitude in their own way, some even use more definitions than others, and they share definitions among each other. Starting with God who is never alone, although God experiences solitude in the sense that God is one of a kind, which was an early sentiment shared with Adam before Eve was created. Satan in solitude allows for him to concoct schemes to ruin God’s plans. Adam begins alone, and he does not like it, going as far as to fall along Eve because of…
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