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lala1821 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 11, 2010 at 5:56 AM via web

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Use examples from Paradise Lost to provide support for the claim that Satan is a round character.

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted March 15, 2010 at 12:18 PM (Answer #1)

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A round character is a character that is well developed.  Satan is definitely a round character.  The reader learns much about him through several chapters in Paradise Lost.  The reader is introduced to Satan in Chapter 1.  The epic poem begins with Satan in Hell.  He has a discussion with his archangels about exacting revenge on God.  Chapter 2 also has additional information about Satan.

We learn about Satan not only through his words, but through his actions and interactions with others.  The narrator of the poem is also omniscient and can get into the mind of the characters, so at several points, the narrator describes the thoughts of Satan.

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ahmadstiller | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted July 20, 2011 at 1:59 AM (Answer #2)

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The story starts off with Satan in hell after just being defeated by god in his last battle. While debating if they should go back to war or not in his palace, called Pandemonium, he decides he wants to seek revenge instead. After tricking an angle he gets into the Garden of Eden where he takes the form of a snake. He convinces eve to betrayal towards god, which opens the door way for sin and death to enter earth. Adam and eve are then aware of their nudity and god sees that the world will suffer and be corrupt because of it. So he sends Jesus and so on and so forth. The main point is that Satan overcomes his defeat against god by seeking revenge, and succeeding. We learn about Satan not only through his words, but through his actions and interactions with others.  The narrator of the poem is also omniscient and can get into the mind of the characters, so at several points, the narrator describes the thoughts of Satan. Satan is a well developed character that pops off the page he is a very emotional creature that does things we wouldn’t expect, just by pure emotion.

 

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