It is clear that Satan is presented as a charismatic leader who is able to rule his minions and convincingly persuade them through his speech of their chances of gaining victory through alternative means. At the beginning of this epic, it is clear that Satan and his troops are somewhat bemused and shocked by the transformation that has occurred. They have gone from being "Clothes with transcendent brightness" to languishing in hell. However, in spite of the sudden shift of circumstances, he believes he has not lost everything:
What though the field be lost?
All is not lost; the unconquerable will,
And study of revenge, immortal hate,
And courage never to submit or yield...
Satan is thus presented as being implacably opposed to God in his determination never to yield or submit to God and to maintain his hatred. He is able to encourage Beelzebub and to turn what is a terrible situation into a kind of victory. Note how he famously addresses his legions in hell, encouraging them to see the positives in their new situation:
Here we may reign secure, and in my choice
To reign is worth ambition though in Hell:
Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heav'n.
Thus it is that Satan is presented as a cunning leader who is able to inspire confidence in his troops in the most desperate of situations, even after suffering a grim defeat. He shows that he is confident and charismatic in how his speech inspires his legions with new hope. The twisted logic that he applies to his situation is admirable, as is the way that he shows that in defeat his spirit is still not broken.