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The hero of a piece of literature usually is the protagonist, or the story's main character who the work centers around.  In Paradise Lost, Satan is the hero even though he doesn't have the traditional qualities we see in our heroes.  In Book I, Satan is described as having the heroic qualities of ambition, leadership, grandeur, and a desire to rebel against conventional laws and rules.  Satan, the book's tragic hero, begins with everything, and slowly loses it all.  By disobeying God, he is thrown out of Heaven and cast down to Hell.