Essay about Milton's Paradise Lost

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Milton's Paradise Lost

From the War in Heaven through the fall of man in Paradise Lost, Satan's weapon at every point is some form of fraud (Anderson, 135). Milton's Paradise Lost explains the biblical story of Adam and Eve. Although the epic is similar to the Bible story in many ways, Milton's character structure of Satan differs from that of the Bible's version. Milton describes the characters as the way he believes they are throughout the epic. In book two of Paradise Lost, Milton portrays Satan as a rebel who exhibits certain heroic qualities, but who turns out not to be a hero. Everything that Satan reveals is reason mixed with obscurity, and lies mixed with the truth.

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Satan is described to be the brightest and most important angel (McColley, 32). These traits of Satan show how one might recognize Satan as the second in power right below God, who was the highest power of all. Before Satan decides to give up what he has and to rebel against God, he was one of the wisest and most beautiful of all the angels in heaven (McColley, 24). Because Satan was seen as the most powerful angel in heaven, this helps him greatly in his rebellion because the other angels look up to him because he was the greatest.

When Satan does rebel, we are forced to recognize another skill in which he possesses. This is his inevitable ability to give speeches. With this ability, Satan is able to persuade others to follow him in his rebellion. When Satan says, "to govern, not to serve" (Anderson, 135) he emphasizes liberty and encourages the other angels in heaven to all join him and his rebellion (McColley, 22). Milton devotes a lot of time to the rebellion scene showing the reader how significant and important Satan is in his eyes. Satan gives many speeches throughout the epic that proves that he is persuasive character. Satan was able to persuade "one-third of all the angels in heaven" (McColley, 19) to join with him in his rebellion. Satan gave speeches to his followers that would raise their attention, and make them feel more confident in him.

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