Analysis Of ' Paradise Lost, Satan And The Other Fallen Angels

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Within the epic poem, Paradise Lost, Satan and the other fallen angels decide that if they cannot overthrow God, they will overthrow the thing God is proudest of, which is his creation of man. Satan ultimately tricks Eve into temptation, without her even noticing. There is said to be three temptations of Sin; the lust of the eyes, the pride of life, and the lust of the flesh. The lust of the eyes is the desire to see something that should not be seen, the pride of life is the desire for more knowledge and power, and the lust of the flesh is the desire to make the body feel pleasure. Every sin committed by mankind coincides with at least one of these three temptations. With the assistance of Satan’s flattery and the way in which he presents himself, Eve experiences all three temptations before she finally succumbs to sin. In book IX, Satan appears in the form of a serpent actively looking for Adam and Eve. Satan does not appear as any ordinary serpent slithering around “prone on the ground” (497). Instead, Milton presents Satan as a serpent on his rear and as more lovely and pleasing than a serpent has ever been seen before. Even though Satan is searching for Adam and Eve, in lines 421 and 422, Milton states, “he sought them both, but wished his hap might find Eve separate.” Satan knows there is seldom chance of finding Eve all by herself, so he saves his hope, but to his complete surprise, his wish is granted, and he finds Eve all alone. Satan knows it would have been

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