Milton"s Satan
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Milton"s Satan one word more. by Constantine Nicholas Stavrou

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Published in [Kansas City] .
Written in English


  • Milton, John, -- 1608-1674.

Book details:

LC ClassificationsPR3562 S77
The Physical Object
Number of Pages160
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL15985517M

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In Book 1 of Milton's "Paradise Lost," Milton re-tells the story of Creation, and highlights the story of Satan, cast from Heaven for wanting to be equal in power with the "Almighty Spirit." What is interesting about Milton's characterization involves the many "human" traits which he ascribes the Satan. All through out the epic Milton describes the characters in the way he believes they book II of Paradise Lost, Milton portrays Satan as a rebel who exhibits certain heroic qualities, but who turns out not to be a hero. Milton’s introduction of Satan shows the reader how significant Satan .   William Blake famously declared that Milton "wrote at liberty" when he wrote the character of Satan because he "was of the devil's party without knowing it". Author: Shirley Dent. The reader's introduction to the poem is through Satan's point of view. Milton, by beginning in medias res gives Satan the first scene in the poem, a fact that makes Satan the first empathetic character. Also, Milton's writing in these books, and his characterization of Satan, make the archfiend understandable and unforgettable.

Milton calls Satan “the proud/Aspirer”37, stressing on the ambiguous nature of Satan and revealing his heroic features. When Satan together with other fallen angels is driven away from heaven, he manages to take a full control over the situation and create Pandemonium. His case focuses not so much on the roles of God or Adam and Eve, but on the actions of Satan. Milton’s primary defense of God is a conflated portrayal of Satan so vivid and compelling that a reader is likely to identify with the Arch-fiend: In the first two books Milton portrays a web of evil so complex that its density reminds us of our. This first Book proposes, first in brief, the whole Subject, Mans disobedience, and the loss thereupon of Paradise wherein he was plac't: Then touches the prime cause of his fall, the Serpent, or rather Satan in the Serpent; who revolting from God, and drawing to his side many Legions of Angels, was by the command of God driven out of Heaven with all his Crew into the great Deep.   The rebellious element in Milton’s Satan was later to influence the Romantic poets in the conception of the “ satanic hero ”, a lonely outsider who struggles against everything and everybody, isolated from the rest of mankind. In the Byronic Hero we can find many traits of Milton’s Satan.

After the invocation, Milton begins this book with Satan who has been absent for the three books in which Adam and Raphael talked. Satan has degenerated as a character. In his speech in Eden, he is unable to make his thoughts logical. He thinks Earth may be more beautiful than Heaven since God created it . The first two books of Paradise Lost show that Satan mainly as seen through his eyes. Milton’s brief comments on Satan seem out of tune with the stirring quality of Satan’s speeches. Milton’s brief comments on Satan seem out of tune with the stirring quality of Satan’s speeches. Doré, Gustave: illustration of Satan Satan, illustration by Gustave Doré from John Milton's Paradise Lost. Among these conventions is a focus on the elevated subjects of war, love, and heroism. In Book 6 Milton describes the battle between the good and evil angels; the .   But Milton's idea of how Satan's war on heaven affected both sides, and how he attempted to mess around with Adam and Eve, is absolutely wonderful and a fresh take on the story. I throughly enjoy seeing Satan's side of things as well. Definitely worth a read or two!! Read more/5().