Examples Of Good And Evil In Paradise Lost

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Choices for Good or Evil in Paradise Lost
Choices are the ability to do one thing or another, and these things could be good or evil. In John Milton’s Paradise Lost, God chooses to create everything good in the world which includes free-will for his creation. They now have the same ability to decide whether to do good or evil. Satan quickly demonstrates this ability by doing evil when he rallies some angels to fight with him against God. Satan vows revenge when God kicks him and the traitor angels out of Heaven. Satan’s sedition tempts God’s creation into mutinying against God. Both male and female do what is wrong. They put the forbidden fruit into their mouth and swallow it. In Paradise Lost by John Milton, the four main characters make a decision, to create, to destroy, or to rebel, and each are subject to the consequences of that choice.
Although God creates the world good, he leaves open the possibility for evil to enter in. He is all-knowing, and so he knows that Satan will rebel and lead mankind to follow suit. He is ultimate goodness, yet his work becomes the entry point for evil. Would it have been better
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He makes up for that by continuing to fool himself by his new life. “The mind is its own place, and in itself / Can make a Heav’n of Hell, a Hell of Heav’n / What matter where, if I be still the same / And what I should be, all but less than he / Whom thunder hath made greater” (Milton 9)? Satan wants to make Hell even better than Heaven. It is his new home now, and he’s trying to make the best of a bad situation. “Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heav’n” (Milton 9). He can’t be saved like humans. “The first sort by their own suggestion fell, / Self-tempted, self-depraved: Man falls deceived / By the other first: Man therefore shall fall grace, / The other none” (Milton, III, 129-132). The reason why Satan is so intent on deluding himself is because he knows there is no hope of going back to his old
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