Milton 's Views On Morality

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Many of John Milton’s works quite often bring into question Milton’s stance and beliefs on morality. However there are two pieces in particular that heavily express Milton’s views on morality. Those two pieces are Areopagetica, and The Masque Presented at Ludlow Castle, otherwise known as Comus. However these two pieces represent a very specific stance that Milton has on morality. Areopagetica and Comus both express Milton’s belief that in order for society to remain pure and good, they must be properly exposed to temptation and that which is impure. This is very evident in Areopagetica when Milton argues that parliament should not restrict literature that they deem as bad or impure, because it will not allow the people to become aware of it and learn from it. Similarly in Comus, Milton shows how the only way that the Lady is able to resist the temptation of Comus, is because she has been exposed to it and is therefore aware of it and able to resist it. Firstly, in Areopagetica, Milton is protesting the new law passed by parliament that restricts the way in which works of literature are published and circulated among the public. For obvious reasons, Milton greatly opposed this new law, and created Areopagetica in an effort to convince parliament to repeal this new law. One way Milton does this is when he brings up the topic of how parliament is quick to deny publication to a piece that they believe in bad or inappropriate and wish to shield it from the public’s eyes. Milton
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