Paradise Lost : A Satanic Hero?

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Nicole Orr
EN 205
Dr. McCormick
14 April 2016
Paradise Lost: A Satanic Hero? While there have been many different studies done on the epic written by John Milton, his primary reason for writing Paradise Lost was to retell the story from the Bible regarding Adam and Eve. Although the epic runs alongside actual scripture in lots of ways, the aspect in which Milton characterizes the individuals in the story are far from that of the Bible’s form. Satan, in book II of Paradise Lost, is depicted by Milton as a being a rebellious individual who displays specific qualities of that of a hero, but does not at all turn out to be one. There is no doubt, when reading Milton’s text, in understanding how important Satan’s role is to Paradise Lost. Milton handles Satan’s heroic traits towards his worshipers, and his capability to manipulate others to demonstrate that there is a fine line between good and bad. Known as Lucifer, Satan was once an angel in heaven; one of extremely high standing. The description of Satan pushes the reader to draw the conclusion that he is at the head of everything, having built a strong image of power and influence. Milton expresses Satan’s fashion by saying, “His pride/ had cast him out from Heaven, with all his host. / Of rebel angels, by whose aspiring/ To set himself in glory above his peers” (Milton Book I). The main reason for which God outlawed Satan from heaven was because of how prideful he was. No matter the circumstances, Satan was always at a
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