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Discuss Milton's Paradise Lost as an epic.answer in detail
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- This is a very lengthy story - told in blank verse.
- heaven and hell;
- the Creation, the Fall, and the redemption of humanity.
- this element has always been a topic of debate for Paradise Lost.
- Some have argued that humankind is the hero, represented by Adam and Eve.
- Others say that Satan himself, though evil, portrays the more outward signs of hero.
- Despite the human weakness shown in Adam and Eve - and the fact that they never rise to a typical heroic stature - the idea that the poem ends in the conquoring of despair by hope, love and companionship likely signifies that Milton's ambiguous epic hero is supposed to be born from redemption.
- Every culture has a Creation story - this poem uses the epic form of "mythology" from the Bible - the Christian creation story
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Let's look at Paradise lost through the following elements of epic poetry:
1. narrative poem of great length
2. subject matter is serious
3. main character is a hero - or has heroic qualities
4. the events of the narrative are significant to a culture or an entire nation
Posted by clairewait on August 16, 2010 at 4:50 AM (Answer #1)
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