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Paradise Lost

The epic poem Paradise Lost by John Milton tells of the casting out of paradise of Satan and other rebellious angels. Satan and his demons devise a plan to retaliate against God by corrupting his...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2019, 6:34 pm (UTC)

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Paradise Lost

John Milton's ten-thousand-line epic poem in blank verse, Paradise Lost, was first published in 1667 in an edition of ten books. The poem explores Adam and Eve's temptation by Satan, and their...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2020, 4:00 pm (UTC)

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Paradise Lost is certainly an epic. An epic is a grand story involving heroes and legendary figures. These stories tend to cover mythical or historical events. Paradise Lost is an epic...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2020, 11:41 am (UTC)

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John Milton was among the most ambitious of poets, and there was never any doubt that he would write an epic poem. He spent a long time considering the subject, and at one time it seemed likely...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2020, 10:55 am (UTC)

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The best word to describe Milton's style in Paradise Lost is “grand.” Paradise Lost is epic poetry, and Milton elevates his style to match the seriousness and grandeur of his subject matter. Think,...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2021, 5:02 pm (UTC)

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The epic is centered on a hero who determines or is majorly involved in shaping the destiny of a group of people or a community. Epic conventions are basically characteristics of such narratives...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2015, 4:56 pm (UTC)

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This opening line explains that Paradise Lost will focus on the Genesis story of Adam and Eve and their fall from grace. "Man's first disobedience" was eating the fruit (described as an apple in...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2021, 11:14 am (UTC)

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God cast Satan out of heaven because Satan, through pride, lust, and greed, wanted to usurp God’s heavenly throne. Satan wanted to be as God at the very least, and also above God. He was full of...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016, 10:32 pm (UTC)

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Milton also tells us the subject of his poem is the original sin committed by Adam and Eve, the eating of the apple from the Tree of Knowledge. Because of this sin, mankind must now suffer death...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2007, 8:35 am (UTC)

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When John Milton describes hell in book 1 of Paradise Lost, he seems to be portraying a terrifying yet paradoxical place. At first, he tells us hell is a world where torment and affliction know no...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2020, 5:14 pm (UTC)

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Strictly speaking, an epic is a long narrative poem on a great and serious subject. It is written in an elevated style, and has at its centre a heroic or quasi-divine figure on whose actions the...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2007, 5:16 am (UTC)

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The quotation can be understood in several ways. It can be read as an expression of Satan's defiance of God, of a piece with his famous declaration that it is "better to rule in hell / than serve...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2021, 11:07 am (UTC)

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Milton is essentially penning an epic poem, a long narrative poem that details events which are important in the poet's culture and tells of big adventures and high drama. In ancient Greek epic...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2019, 8:48 pm (UTC)

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So long as Christianity has existed, the question has been asked by believers and non-believers alike: Why does a loving God allow bad things to happen? An answer to this question by a Christian...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2020, 12:02 pm (UTC)

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Milton's Paradise Lost is known for its rich use of literary devices. It is famous, for example, for its lush imagery. Imagery is describing using the five senses: sight, sound, touch, taste, and...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2018, 12:38 pm (UTC)

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Assonance can be defined as the repetition of similar vowel sounds, preceded and followed by different consonants, in the stressed syllables of adjacent words. It is largely employed as a means of...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2020, 4:20 pm (UTC)

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There are two chief messages in the Adam and Eve story. The first is that humans pay a very high price for disobeying God. It is wrong to use free will and reason against God's commands, as Adam...

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A simile is a figure of speech that compares two different objects or ideas through linking words including “like” and “as.” Examples of similes include “She sings like an angel” and “I feel as big...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2020, 9:45 pm (UTC)

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Satan's pride is the ultimate source of all his foolish actions in Paradise Lost. From a Christian standpoint the most blatant example of Satan's pride is his turning away from God. Though still...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2018, 8:18 am (UTC)

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Satan is made—superficially—attractive by Milton in a number of ways. He feels that he's been wronged by God, unfairly cast down from Heaven for daring to proclaim his independence and autonomy....

Latest answer posted April 4, 2018, 8:20 am (UTC)

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It is very interesting to analyse Satan's speech in Book I of this epic classic, especially considering the depth of the defeat that he has just been experienced before being cast out of heaven and...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2011, 6:07 pm (UTC)

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When Satan reaches Hell in book 2 of Paradise Lost, he finds the gates guarded by Sin and Death. Sin is a hideous creature, “woman to the waist” and with serpentlike features. She's also constantly...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2021, 6:34 am (UTC)

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Milton engages the reader immediately with his purpose, just as Homer and Virgil do, as well as the "modern" Italian poets Ariosto and Tasso. In epic convention there is an announcement at the...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2019, 3:32 pm (UTC)

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Satan and Beelzebub are alike in both being evil and opposed to God. They both want to continue the fight against him, and both are underhanded and fiendish. A main difference, however, is that...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2019, 9:29 pm (UTC)

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The word “infernal” means something relating to Hell or the underworld. It comes from the word “inferno,” an old-fashioned word for “fire.” It's not hard to see, then, why Satan in Paradise Lost...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2021, 11:09 am (UTC)

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The lines in your question are especially significant in John Milton’s epic Paradise Lost (first published in 1667) because they belong in a passage that introduces firsthand the epic’s villain,...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2020, 8:46 am (UTC)

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While perhaps not intended as such by John Milton, Paradise Lost has been read as a political allegory by those seeking to link the events of the story with Milton's own political views. The war in...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2020, 12:14 pm (UTC)

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Before the fall, the love that Adam and Eve share, both spiritual and sexual, is in harmony with God's desire and plan for humankind. Adam is the head of their relationship. He leads by putting...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2019, 2:34 am (UTC)

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Satan may have been cast down to Hell; he may have been plunged into the burning lake by the heavenly host. But he's still his old, defiant self. Far from being chastened by his expulsion from...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2021, 9:30 am (UTC)

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Beelzebub's name means "lord of the flies," and this second-in-command to the devil is the most competent of the swarm of vicious demons that surround Satan in hell. He is a loyal sycophant who is...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2019, 3:46 pm (UTC)

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Satan uses techniques of classical rhetoric, or the art of persuasion, to compel Eve to eat the fruit. Accordingly, his appeal to Eve in book nine precisely follows the Ciceronian arrangement....

Latest answer posted June 27, 2019, 1:45 am (UTC)

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I can help you get started so you can write a note on Satan's speeches on your own. We'll use Satan's first speech in Book I (excerpt above) to orient you in terms of analysis; you can then analyze...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2012, 9:17 pm (UTC)

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The humility of the speaker (Milton himself) consists chiefly of his absolute submission to the will of God. He sees himself as an instrument of God, and the specific purpose he assigns to himself...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2019, 5:14 am (UTC)

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I'm not sure that he has one. In order to have a tragic flaw, you have to be a tragic hero, and in order to be a tragic hero you need to be a fundamentally good character who is brought low by a...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2018, 9:08 am (UTC)

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There are many, many ways to contrast Paradise Lost with the other 3 epics of antiquity. The most striking difference is era; Paradise Lost is a 17th century epic poem, written in blank verse,...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2013, 8:43 pm (UTC)

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The so-called “grand style” of John Milton’s epic poem is the lofty, elevated, or non-colloquial phrasing he uses to add to the dignity of the poem and imply the importance of its subject matter....

Latest answer posted July 2, 2011, 12:00 pm (UTC)

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Lines 1-26 of Book I of John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost are particularly important because they announce many of the most important themes of the poem as a whole. They also exhibit some of...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2011, 8:00 am (UTC)

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This quote from Book 1 of Paradise Lost clearly states the thematic focus of Satan's character. Satan and his band of rebel angel failed in the battle with God and have been cast down to the...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2011, 11:28 am (UTC)

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Paradise Lost is full of allusions. Milton had a reputation for being extremely well-read, and he wove allusions, both classical and biblical, throughout his epic poem. For example, on the...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2018, 4:20 pm (UTC)

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Milton's avowed aim in Paradise Lost is to justify the ways of God to man. His emphasis, therefore, is somewhat different from that of Genesis. Milton is a humanist, albeit a Christian one, so his...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2017, 5:09 pm (UTC)

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As written in the first five lines of Paradise Lost, poet John Milton's subject is the Fall of Man and then Man’s redemption through Jesus Christ. Milton immediately informs the reader that the...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2016, 8:23 pm (UTC)

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Dramatic irony occurs when the audience or reader of a work of literature knows something the characters do not. In this case, we as readers are told what God has planned for Satan. God says that...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2018, 12:53 am (UTC)

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Beelzebub is Satan's right-hand man, having been the first to side with Satan against God the Father during the war of heaven which takes place before the beginning of the story. Both of them are...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2019, 2:57 am (UTC)

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The first lines of Book I of John Milton's epic poem, Paradise Lost, refer to "the fruit / Of that Forbidden Tree whose mortal taste / Brought death into the World and all our woe..." Adam tells...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2020, 1:03 pm (UTC)

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The poet William Blake once famously said—or infamously, depending how you look at it—that in his portrayal of Satan, Milton was of the devil's party without knowing it. The Romantic generation,...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2018, 6:23 am (UTC)

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It would be a mistake to see Paradise Lost on the whole as being a political allegory of England in the 17th century. Milton's epic poem deals primarily with universal themes that transcend the...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2020, 10:31 am (UTC)

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Any analysis of lines 120- 160 in Book I Paradise Lost has to center on the basic discussion between Satan and Beelzebub. I think that one of the most significant aspects of this in lines 120- 160...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2014, 12:38 pm (UTC)

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Milton's Paradise Lost is packed with original, vivid, and often symbolic imagery. I have included and explained three such examples below. Of Man’s First Disobedience, and the Fruit Of that...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2019, 10:48 am (UTC)

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Book I of John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost describes Satan as utterly dismayed to be thrown form the realm of light to a place of dark and suffering [85]. Satan has been left his spirit and...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2009, 12:32 am (UTC)

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In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve had everything they could ever want. They lived in a true paradise in which, thanks to God, they wanted for nothing. Life was calm, blissful, and entirely free...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2020, 11:23 am (UTC)

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