Description Of Hell In Paradise Lost Book 1

Write a note on the description of hell in Milton's Paradise Lost.

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Milton's Paradise Lost is filled with very imagery in all of its many books, but Milton's descriptions of hell are especially vivid, and keep in line with our general understanding of hell as being a place of fire and punishment.

In Book 1, Milton describes what happened to the fallen angels who dared to challenge God in Heaven.  He states that the angels were all

hurled headlong flaming from the ethereal sky / With hideous ruin and combustion down / To bottomless perdition, there to dwell / In adamantine chains and penal fire ... his (Satan's) horrid crew / Lay vanquished, rolling in the fiery gulf.

This first description of hell is very clearly a place of terror and torment.  The rebel Angels were thrown from the beautiful sky of heaven down to an unending hell of damnation.  There they are suffering in the fires that they cannot escape from. 

From there, the descriptions goes on to reinforce the above mentioned description.  Hell is described as a

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