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by John Milton

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Please expand on the themes of disobedience and punishment in Book 1 of Paradise Lost.

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The epic poem Paradise Lost by John Milton tells of the fall of man as written in the book of Genesis in the Bible. It describes a war between the angels, the casting out from heaven of Satan and his demons, the temptation of Adam and Eve by Satan, and the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. The primary themes of the entire story are disobedience and punishment. Satan and his minions are punished for their disobedience in rebelling against God, and Adam and Eve are punished for their disobedience in heeding the voice of Satan instead of the voice of God.

In book 1, Milton addresses the themes of disobedience and punishment in the prologue. He starts off his explanation of the poem by saying:

Of man's first disobedience, and the fruit

Of that forbidden tree, whose mortal taste

Brought death into the world, and all our woe,

With loss of Eden, till one greater man

Restore us, and regain the blissful seat....

These first lines summarize Milton's intention in writing the poem. In...

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