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Paradise Lost By John Milton Essay

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Milton wrote Paradise Lost in an attempt to explain Scripture to the masses and justify certain ways of God to the rest of mankind, and does so by focusing on the story of Genesis and Man’s Fall and expulsion from the Garden of Eden. He does so by emphasizing the flaws of human nature and the conditions that cause Adam and Eve to stray from reason. Highlighted among the factors that cause the stray is the feeling of insufficiency, as the feeling of lack drives Adam’s desires throughout the poem and make him incapable of fully obeying God’s orders. Yet at the same time there should be no lack, as Paradise is meant to be sufficient in everything. Although Paradise is meant to be a place where needs are met, built into the poem is the fundamental issue of “lack” which drives Adam’s fall and in the end is at odds with Milton’s desire to justify the ways of God to Man. Paradise is meant to be a place where all needs are fulfilled, a place and state of being free of any sort of deficiency. The word “ample” comes up multiple times in describing the setting of Paradise Lost, whether it be describing the “world” or “sky” or even the “good to Man” that “hast provided all things” (4.413, 8.58, 8.362). The consistent word choice evokes a sense of bountiful plenty that embodies what Paradise means to Milton. God is infinite in “His good,” and shares that infinite goodness with mankind, and as a result humans need nothing. Even labor is for the sake of making “cool Zephyr… wholesome
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