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Provide a complete description of Milton's hell.

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sarahmt | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 8, 2007 at 11:14 AM via web

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Provide a complete description of Milton's hell.

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 9, 2007 at 12:49 AM (Answer #1)

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I'm afraid that a complete description would take quite a while (more space than is available here), because it would involve things like describing the mindset of Satan and the fallen angels.

However, you can get a good discussion of some elements of hell in the summary and analysis of Book 1. There and in the poem itself you'll find it mentioned that there is a lake of fire in hell, that it is "horrid," "dismal," a "dungeon," full of pain and despair, and so on. It is usually silent, until Satan speaks, but a "horrid" silence. It is full of devils who when they do act, make terrible noises and do unspeakable things.

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nanthinii-mohan | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted January 27, 2012 at 3:46 AM (Answer #2)

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After the great battle in Heaven and the fall of the rebel angels.We are then shown(in Book I) a dark, bizzare and dismal place that torments the rebellious crew of Satan from its very sight.

Satan and his angels are described lying on a lake of fire in a place where flames cast no light, but only "darkness visible".  Milton gives further descriptions of hell as 'A dungeon horrible', 'great furnace flamed' etc.,  And that it was to discover the sights of woe, regions of sorrow where peace or joy can never reinstate.  It has an endless torture in it.  The whirlwinds are of tempestous fire ever burning and serves as a contrast to the blissful Heaven.

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