Examples Of Satire In Paradise Lost

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Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained as Epics of Political Satire under the Guise of Spiritual Epics: A Critical Inquiry

Abstract
The paper points out the intention of ‘Satire’ and inquires into the biographical, historical, sociological, religious, economic, political and literary contexts of John Milton’s Paradise Lost (1667) and Paradise Regained (1671). It underscores the poignant example of John Dryden’s verse satire, Absalom and Achitophel (1681), which is modelled on John Milton’s political epics. It also traces the biographical, historical, sociological, religious, economic, political and literary reasons for the outbreak of the English civil war. Thus, it points out the mutual bond that exists between society and literature, and renders a historical reading of the literary works taken for analysis by exploring the possible purposes with which these texts have been written and the ways in which the meanings of these texts have changed over time owing to multiple interpretations.
Keywords: Satire, Biographical approach, Historical approach, Sociological approach,
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Saul is the first human king of Israel chosen by God. “When Samuel saw Saul, the Lord told him, “Here is the man of whom I spoke to you! He it is who shall rule over my people” (1 Samuel 9:17).
2. In the New Testament, St. Peter commands all Christians,
Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right. … Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the emperor. (1 Peter 2:13-14, 17)
3. St. Paul reiterates St. Peter’s claim that subjects should be obedient to the rulers because they are appointed by
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