1. What is Medusa's task in hell?
2. line 629. What is different?
3. Explain pardox in line 5-7
4. Why is Moloch the epitome of total despair?
5. Explain the paradox in line 142-3
6. How is Belial described in contrast to Moloch?
7. What is Belial offering in lines 208-255?
8. How is Mammon echoing Satan? (254-262)
9. Comment on lines 269-270 (is it a paradox? or foreshadowing?
10. Of what reality does Beezlebub remind the angels in lines 213-328?
11.Lines 469-505 suggest a lecture of Milton on the ways of men. For what is he "shaming" man?
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One thing that is different in line 629 in Milton's Paradise Lost, "Meanwhile the Adversary of God and Man, / ," is that there is an abrupt style and rhythm change, very much like a change in the time signature of an orchestration. The stacatto rhythm of the preceding list ("...and Nature breeds, / Perverse, all monstrous, all prodigious things, / Obominable, inutterable..." etc.), broken up as it is by commas, changes to a smooth, slower rhythm of longer words, minimal punctuation and open consanants like in God, Man, Adversary, Meanwhile. In contrast, the preceding list has a wealth of sibilates (s), plosives (p, t) and fricatives (v, f) that produce quickness and build tension. Incidentally, this use of consanant and vowel sounds is a strategy that Edmund Spenser made great use of in The Faery Queene.
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