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mijeejo | Student, College Freshman | eNoter

Posted March 2, 2009 at 3:09 PM via web

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questions over paradiase lost Book 2

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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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted October 22, 2009 at 12:08 PM (Answer #2)

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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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