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Paradise Lost As An Epic

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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How does Milton use Epic conventions in "Paradise Lost"?

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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Describe how Paradise Lost is an epic, and provide 3 examples as to why it is considered an epic.

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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The Mind Is Its Own Place

When meaning is unclear, it is important to analyze a quotation in context with the rest of the text [I've inserted the whole contextual quote above]. You must ask questions like: Who is speaking?...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2013 6:36 pm UTC

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What is the main theme of 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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What is Milton's style and its features in Paradise Lost?

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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Provide an explanation of the following lines from Paradise Lost by John Milton: "Of Man's First Disobedience and the...

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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What is the purpose of Paradise Lost?

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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Why was Paradise Lost banned?

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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Description Of Hell In Paradise Lost Book 1

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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Why did God cast Satan out of heaven?

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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Which poetic devices are used in the poem Paradise Lost book 8?

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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Explain the significance of this passage within Paradise Lost. Is this passage the description of Satan being...

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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What are the epic conventions in book 1 of Paradise Lost?

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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Explain these lines from Paradise Lost: "What in me is dark Illume, what is low raise and support; . . . And justify...

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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Analyze the character of Beelzebub in Paradise Lost.

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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In Paradise Lost, how does Milton make Satan an attractive character?

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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Themes in Paradise Lost How does Satan show examples of his pride all throughout Paradise Lost?

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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What are the epic characteristics in Book 9 of Paradise Lost?

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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Who is Satan's proverbial "right-hand man"?

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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What are some examples of the "grand style" Milton uses in Paradise Lost, particularly from Book I?

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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How would you critically explicate lines 1-26 of Book I of John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost?

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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How do Milton's interpretation of Genesis differ in Paradise Lost?

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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Describe Satan's character in Book I of Paradise Lost by John Milton.

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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What characteristics of Paradise Lost make it an epic?

The standard definition of an epic, or heroic poem, is that it is a ''noble story told in noble verse'' (Hutson and McCoy, Epics of the Western World, p. 7), a continuous narrative concerning a...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2008 11:13 pm UTC

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As announced in the first five lines of Paradise Lost, what is Milton's subject?  What is his purpose?

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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What are the differences and similarities between Satan and Beelzebub in Paradise Lost?

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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Provide a complete description of hell according to Paradise Lost.

In "Book I" of Paradise Lost Milton gives us some very memorable images of hell; many of them allude to the Bible, and others from his own mind. Here are some of them: "bottomless perdition" (I....

Latest answer posted January 3, 2010 7:59 am UTC

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What is the purpose of Book One: Invocation from Paradise Lost?

The purpose of Book 1 was to outline the chain of events that led not only to the fall of man but also that of Satan. Satan’s pride made the angel to lead a rebellion against God. Satan was jealous...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2015 10:41 am UTC

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How does Satan sneak into The Garden of Eden in Paradise Lost?

Satan disguises himself as a cormorant, a type of bird. He sits on the Tree of Life and listens in to a conversation between Adam and Eve. He discovers they have been forbidden to eat from the...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2008 2:05 am UTC

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In John Milton's Paradise Lost, how does the relationship between Adam and Eve differ before and after the fall?

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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Epic Simile In Paradise Lost

An epic or Homeric simile is not just characterized by use of the words "like" or "as" to make a single comparison. It is an extended simile—it goes on and on. For example, in The Odyssey, an epic...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2019 2:58 am UTC

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Satan's speech in Book 1 of Paradise Lost is a revisionist speech describing an alternative view of the bad angel's...

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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Is Paradise Lost heretical?

To address this question about John Milton's Paradise Lost, take a close look at Milton's life and the ideas that appear in his work. First, it is worth noting that Milton was considered a...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2020 1:53 pm UTC

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What is Satan's reaction to his punishment by God in Milton's Paradise Lost, as demonstrated in Book I, Lines 84-124?...

Satan has several different reactions here, as he and Beelzebub converse and ponder their plight in Hell. They have fallen after the war in heaven and his first reaction is a sense of remorse, even...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2012 4:50 am UTC

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How was sin born in Paradise Lost?

According to Milton in Paradise Lost, sin entered the world the very moment that Eve took a bite of the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. Prior to this fateful event, there was neither...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2020 12:24 pm UTC

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In lines 1-26 of Book I of John Milton's Paradise Lost, how is the speaker ambitious and how is the speaker humble?

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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What was the fruit of the forbidden tree in Paradise Lost?

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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Compare Milton's paradise lost with the classical epic poems such as Aieneid, Iliad, Epic of Gilgamesh etc.

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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Does Milton use any allusions in Paradise Lost?

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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What imagery is used in Paradise Lost?

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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Discuss the epic similes employed by Milton in Book 9 of Paradise Lost.

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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Why is Satan considered the hero in Paradise Lost?

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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In lines 210–220 of Paradise Lost, Milton offers a solemn assurance that despite all Satan’s power and grandeur, the...

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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What are some examples of assonance and metaphor used in Paradise Lost? (Books 1 or 2)

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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Describe Hell in Paradise Lost.

In Book I, Hell is described as a fiery prison. Satan is thrown into Hell, in "Adamantine" (inflexible) chains and "penal" (punishing) fire, chained on a burning lake. As Satan views his...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2013 9:38 pm UTC

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Please discuss the significance of three speeches by Satan in John Milton's Paradise Lost.

Satan’s speeches in Milton’s Paradise Lost are interesting not only for what they say about the different topics he discusses but also for what they reveal or imply about Satan himself. Whenever...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2011 12:31 pm UTC

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What are the classical elements of Milton's epic poem, Paradise Lost?

What is so fascinating about this epic classic is the way that Milton takes so many elements of classical literature and adopts them, but only to subvert them. Consider the variety of aspects in...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2012 2:44 pm UTC

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Can you give a very brief summary of Paradise Lost?

John Milton's Paradise Lost is broken up into three parts: Books 1-4 focus on Satan Books 5-8 focus on Christ Books 9-12 focus on Adam and Eve. Milton believes in Monism (one God), so Satan and...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2010 11:43 pm UTC

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what is satans tragic flaw

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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