Arguments Against Satan's Punishment

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Despite Satan’s choice to fall, if he is a tragic hero then his punishment must be excessive compared to the crime. For this argument, it is important to note that Satan is punished twice for his actions in his rebellion and part in the fall of mankind. Satan’s first punishment comes when he is banished to Hell, which is described as being, “…A dungeon horrible, on all sides round, / As one great furnace flam’d: yet from those flames / No light, but rather darkness visible…” (Paradise Lost 1: 61-63). God then punishes Satan again when he is turned into a “…Huge Python…” (Paradise Lost 10: 531). This latter punishment is given to Satan due to his tempting of Eve. However, it’s an act that God allows, shown where it reads: “…for what can
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