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In Paradise Lost books I and II, how does Satan embody the characteristics of a tragic hero, and what are some of the most common literary devices that help reveal Satan's characteristics as a tragic hero?

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Satan embodies a tragic hero in Paradise Lost because he is an otherwise good person with one fatal flaw. In Milton’s interpretation, Satan is a wise, beautiful and noble angel. But Satan is overly ambitious and struggles with pride. His pride leads to his downfall, which is integral to the arc of a tragic hero—their fatal flaw is what should, ultimately, cause them to fall...

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