John Milton's Theodicy in Paradise Lost

595 Words Jan 31st, 2018 2 Pages
The poem goes back to the beginning of time and tells of the rebellion of Satan and his followers, the war in that took place in heaven, and the defeat of Satan. The story also tells of the creation of the world, the life of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and their loss of everything when they give into the temptations of Satan in the form of a reptile. It ends on a good note when Michael shows Adam the future of the human race. There are many significant aspects of Milton’s theodicy, Paradise Lost¸ that can be pondered or discussed.
John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost possesses a very interesting question about life before and after the fall of mankind. Is it better to be innocent and ignorant or knowledgeable and fallen? Before the fall of mankind, Adam and Eve were innocent; they were considered “perfect” and without sin or shame. They were also very ignorant. They had no idea what was to come or what could happen if they fell into temptation. However, after the couple was fooled by Satan they became very shameful of their sins and nakedness. They asked for forgiveness but they were still kicked out of Paradise. However, Raphael, and angel, shows Adam all the greatness that will come in the future. They walk out of the gates of Paradise hand-in-hand more knowledgeable than they had ever been. With that, it’s important to think…
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