What is the purpose of Miltons epic as explained in Book 1, Lines 24-26 of "Paradise Lost"?
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It may seem ironic, but Milton's purpose in writing this epic is not only to give a detailed description of the dark side of creation, but to use the depravity of Satan and man to persuade people to come into the light of salvation (Eternal Providence). He wanted people to know how bad Hell really was and that it's never worth it to contest with the almighty God. He suggests that no one will ever be able to conquer him, in order to "justify the ways of God to men."
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