However, the progression, or, more precisely, regression, of Satan's character from Book I through Book X gives a much different and much clearer picture of Milton's attitude toward Satan. Writers and critics of the Romantic era advanced the notion that Satan was a Promethean hero, pitting himself against an unjust God. Most of these writers based their ideas on the picture of Satan in the first two books of Paradise Lost.
But looking at this famous quote gives us a number of interesting ways of thinking about Satan's character in Paradise Lost. Satan used to be one of the most important of God's angels, but rebelled when God declared the Son to be above all the angels in glory.
Satan persuaded a third of the angels to rebel with him, and declared war on God. Satan was defeated by the Son and cast into Hell with all the other rebel angels. Light-bringer 'Lucifer' means 'light-bringer' in Latin, which is not far away from Shakespeare's 'bright Angel', but 'Satan' means 'the adversary' in Hebrew.
In fact, he is first described to us in Paradise Lost as 'the arch-enemy, And thence in heaven called Satan' I.
He is defined only by his opposition and relation to God and is often presented with reference to his former beauty: We are never allowed to forget that he was once a glorious angel of God, good rather than evil.
We are constantly reminded by the 'bright angel' motif that Satan was created by God, but then opposed him; a failed creation, if you like. We are led to St. Augustine's idea that evil is not an essential attribute, something existing in itself, independent and exclusive from that which is good.
Evil is rather something chosen, acting through free will in conscious opposition to God's will. Free will The allure of free will is where the attractiveness and power of Satan's character lies. Satan may be quite useless when it comes to fighting the ten thousand thunders of Christ's fury, but in his will he is free and in his mind he is supreme: All is not lost; the unconquerable will' I.
Satan was defeated but not defeated, or to draw a slightly blasphemous parallel to Saint Paul, he was 'perplexed, but not in despair; [ We may indeed argue that he Satan, not Paul is deluding himself when he preaches 'the mind is its own place, and in itself Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven' I.
But in hell, Satan is sovereign and free from having to worship the Son. When Satan comes into Eden, he is tormented by 'the hot hell that always in him burns' IX. One may choose to read this as the narrator's sardonic comment on Satan creating 'a hell of heaven', but this mental extension of the physical torment of hell as well as trapping him, also in a way represents Satan's freedom: Satan's mind is not only unconquerable and unconditionally opposed to God, it also influences other minds to use their free will to oppose the will of God.
And this is where the 'speak again' of the opening quotation needs to be considered. Speaking is what Satan does extremely well; his speeches in the first two books of Paradise Lost are a rich store of quotes for any motivational speaker.
We must never forget that the two major events of the poem are created through the persuasive speech of Satan - he convinces the angels to take up arms, and convinces Eve to eat the fruit.
In the former achievement he takes a third of the heavenly host with him, in the latter he takes the whole of the human race or so he thinks until Christ spoils his party.
Satan is charismatic, eloquent, and unanswerable; the bright angel speaks again and again, tempting with knowledge, tempting the reader, as he tempted Eve, to think, question, explore, reinterpret, and to eat of 'this intellectual food' IX.Paradise Lost Satan’s Speeches Thomas Joseph Dr.
Turnage Literary Tradition II April 8, Satan: An Ironic Hero Milton’s Satan is the perfect example of the power that can lie within in a . Oct 08, · Paradise Lost is a secondary/literary epic poem (primary epic is oral, for instance Beowulf, Iliad and Odyssey).
It is about Satan’s rebellion against God. It is about Satan’s rebellion against God. Speaking is what Satan does extremely well; his speeches in the first two books of Paradise Lost are a rich store of quotes for any motivational speaker.
We must never forget that the two major events of the poem are created through the persuasive speech of Satan - he convinces the angels to take up arms, and convinces Eve to eat the fruit. Analysis of Satan's Speech in Milton's Paradise Lost John Milton's Paradise Lost is a work of enduring charm and value because of its theological conceptions, its beautiful language, and its "updating" of the epic to the modern world's values.
Come and learn about Milton's famous portrayal of Satan in ''Paradise Lost,'' analyzing Satan's physical description, his surprisingly uplifting speech, and his dramatic fall from heaven and then.
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