Milton: The Achievement Of Humans

938 WordsJun 23, 20184 Pages
John Milton’s Paradise Lost, a 17th century poem encompassing marriage and idolatry brings about the theme of death to human beings for the first time as well as the loss of their place in paradise. However, one is not to blame for the fall of man. Lucifer tempted Adam and Eve to eat the Forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge, instigating sin. According to Milton, this is “humankind’s first act of disobedience towards God” (SN Editors). “[For humans] an idea is like a virus, resilient, highly contagious. The smallest seed of an idea can grow” (Nolan).The need for this unattainable knowledge “can grow to define or destroy you” (Nolan). Thus, Books I & IX declare that the power of Lucifer ultimately catalyzes the downfall of mankind,…show more content…
So why must we surrender to sin, being only Human? The Genesis describes the fall of man as abominable. Incomparable to life, death is seen as either a jovial process or an afflicting one, where, “[we] are dust, and to dust [we] shall return” (Genesis 3:19). How can Humans resist temptation? It is the curiosity and the desire for new knowledge that derives this need for novelty; it could be a promotion or a big mansion that attracts an individual. It is that unattainable desire to fill our happiness because we perceive it as an empty void. The only way we think we can fill that void is with money, and quickly we have succumbed to a sin, Greed; a sin which makes us Humans along with Wrath, Sloth, Pride, Lust, Envy and Gluttony. Nevertheless, God sees beyond who we are. The church may say “problem” but God says “problem solved.” Religion is a man made idea and God is simply: God. Throughout Paradise Lost, we delve into the effects of Lucifer on Milton, Adam and Eve, Humans and Lucifer’s own misdoings. Nonetheless, Lucifer cannot be held accountable for his misdoings since we fell into the same trap. However, Humans and Lucifer differ in that we accept our faults and mistakes. We forgive, forget and love. Adam seeks solace from God, and he tells him he loves him. He went from the Perfect Human, to a Good Human. Thus, Humans are not a fallen race they are rather
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