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What is the main theme of Paradise Lost?

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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 new creation—Man. Since Adam and Eve have been given free will, God allows Satan to approach and tempt them. Adam and Eve disobey God and fall from grace, and God sends the archangel Michael to drive them out of the Garden of Eden.

In the prologue to book 1, Milton delineates two main themes of Paradise Lost. In line 1, he announces that he will write "of man's first disobedience." That obedience to God is an absolute requirement of all creation is emphasized throughout the poem. The expulsion of Satan and his minions from heaven is an example of the consequences of disobedience and rebellion. Similarly, the punishment of Adam and Eve for their disobedience is expulsion from the Garden of Eden.

The hierarchy of God's authority over his creation must be observed at all times, and to disregard God's...

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Paradise Lost presents two moral paths that one can take after disobedience, and the theme of Paradise Lost is religious, which has three parts: (a) disobedience, (b) eternal providence, and (c) justification of God to men. In the first part, Milton narrates the story of Adam and Eve’s disobedience, explains how and why it happens, and places the story within the larger context of Satan’s rebellion and Jesus’ resurrection. Milton argues hinges on the word disobedience and its opposite, obedience in this part. In the second part, Milton says that he will also "assert Eternal Providence." If Man had never disobeyed God, death would never have entered the world and Man would have become a kind of lesser angel. This idea then is the final point of Milton's theme, which is the sacrifice of the Son which overcomes Death gives Man the chance to achieve salvation even though, through the sin of Adam and Eve, all men are sinful. Milton chose a towering theme for his epic, which ranks it with the great epics. In his Invocation, Milton resolved that his “adventurous song” intended to soar “with no middle flight”. Accordingly, he invoked Heavenly Muse to inspire him so that he might be successful in the undertaking, the like of which had yet not been attempted “in prose or rhyme”.

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As everyone knows the theme of paradise lost is "to justify the ways of god to man". god is supreme. satan who aspires to become god  by way of tempting Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, in the guise of a serpent finally suceeds in making them eat the fruit. satan, the fallen angel along with other disobient fallen angels' debate in the pandimonium brings them disaster . when their sins were measured to be very high they were driven to hell forever. The sufferings and pain they undergo  become endless. The first sin of Adam and Eve  brought eternal dufferings to human beings. By eating the forbidden fruit  they not only disobey god but they  have to make their living only through hard work. Milton explicates that god is omnipotent. only obedience and love  will get man closer to god.