questions over paradiase lost Book 21. What is Medusa's task in hell? 2. line 629. What is different? 3. Explain pardox in line 5-7 4. Why is Moloch the epitome of total despair? 5. Explain the...
1. What is Medusa's task in hell?
2. line 629. What is different?
3. Explain pardox in line 5-7
4. Why is Moloch the epitome of total despair?
5. Explain the paradox in line 142-3
6. How is Belial described in contrast to Moloch?
7. What is Belial offering in lines 208-255?
8. How is Mammon echoing Satan? (254-262)
9. Comment on lines 269-270 (is it a paradox? or foreshadowing?
10. Of what reality does Beezlebub remind the angels in lines 213-328?
11.Lines 469-505 suggest a lecture of Milton on the ways of men. For what is he "shaming" man?
One thing that is different in line 629 in Milton's Paradise Lost, "Meanwhile the Adversary of God and Man, / ," is that there is an abrupt style and rhythm change, very much like a change in the time signature of an orchestration. The stacatto rhythm of the preceding list ("...and Nature breeds, / Perverse, all monstrous, all prodigious things, / Obominable, inutterable..." etc.), broken up as it is by commas, changes to a smooth, slower rhythm of longer words, minimal punctuation and open consanants like in God, Man, Adversary, Meanwhile. In contrast, the preceding list has a wealth of sibilates (s), plosives (p, t) and fricatives (v, f) that produce quickness and build tension. Incidentally, this use of consanant and vowel sounds is a strategy that Edmund Spenser made great use of in The Faery Queene.