"Infinite Wrath And Infinite Despair"

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Last Updated on May 9, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 155

Context: Satan arrives at a point where he can look into Eden, the place where he must try to subvert man and thus offend God once more. He is suddenly filled with doubts about himself and his enterprise. Fear, envy, and despair seize him temporarily, before he steels himself to invade the garden to seduce mankind away from God and His love. Satan recognizes that he is to blame for his state, not God, who gives only love. But he is unable to submit to God, although he knows that repentance and submission are the only means to pardon. He says to himself:

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". . . whom hast thou then or what to accuse,
But heaven's free love dealt equally to all?
. . .
Nay cursed be thou; since against his thy will
Chose freely what it now so justly rues.
Me miserable! which way shall I fly
Infinite wrath and infinite despair?
Which way I fly is hell; myself am hell. . . ."

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