Milton's Satan in Paradise Lost Essay

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Milton's Satan in Paradise Lost

After researching Satan and his kingdom, Hell, through the Bible and Paradise Lost to compare and contrast the two characterizations, I realized that Milton must have been a true Bible scholar. Milton’s Satan is described so closely to the Biblical view of Satan that it is often times hard to distinguish the two. Milton changed and elaborated on a few characteristics of his Satan and his Hell in order to create Paradise Lost, but based his characterization and his descriptions on his interpretation of the Bible, using his imagination to form a more vivid picture of how horrible Satan and Hell are in reality.
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Satan was indeed so vain and proud, both in the Bible and in Paradise Lost, that he tried to battle God. Revelations 12:7-9 also describes Satan battling and loosing to God.

And war broke out in Heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon (Satan); and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in Heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him (Revelations 12:7-9).

God, being so much more mighty than Satan, threw him and his followers down into Hell. Milton describes this when he writes, “Him the Almighty Power hurled headlong flaming from the ethereal sky down to bottomless perdition” (Norton 1819). This is very similar to how this action is described in the Bible. Also, in Luke 10:18 Jesus says, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from Heaven” (Luke 10:18). After Satan and his followers are thrown into Hell, Milton writes that Satan “comforts them with hope yet of regaining Heaven”
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