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.
A research paper for EnglishMilton: To Paradise and Beyond, an upper-level literature course taught by Dr. What in me is dark Illumine, what is low raise and support; That to the highth of this great Argument I may assert Eternal Providence, And justify the ways of God to men.
This dual purpose required him to focus on both the literary aspects of the poem and the theological argument within it. Milton goes back to the events of the Creation and the Fall of Man, to the first things of the Christian narrative.
His case focuses not so much on the roles of God or Adam and Eve, but on the actions of Satan. In the first two books Milton portrays a web of evil so complex that its density reminds us of our own existence and confusion, magnified to heroic proportions.
In secular terms Satan is the heroic, if defeated, military figure, but such a figure is to be admired only in evil days cf.
We know he has a plan. We know he has our interests in mind. We know he cares for us in his heart. He is a variant of Achilles, who equates honor with his own status. He is Odysseus and Jason on their heroic voyages, leader and chief warrior in battle during and after the War in Heaven, and through it all the most powerful speaker, able to rally and organize his troops with the eloquence of his appeals to their own heroic values.
He never seems to realize that he can never win in a contest between the Creator and the created being. Milton wrote Paradise Lost as an inverted epic or anti-epic. He has twisted and reversed the epic conventions to conform them to his retelling of the Biblical account of Creation and the Fall as given in Genesis.
He does this to give an account of his own Christian worldview. Accordingly, Satan can rightly be called the hero, or more accurately, the anti-hero. Like the gods, Milton has set up Satan as a tragic hero in order to destroy him.
God later reiterates freedom and responsibility as manifestations of His divine will: Man therefore shall find grace, The other none: Man will ultimately be given the opportunity to seek redemption, but only through acceptance of the sacrifice of the Son.
Failure to choose Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will leave one condemned forever with Satan and the fallen angels. The God of the Christian theologians is described succinctly as the omnipotent, omniscient, omnibenevolent First Cause.
According to Christian teaching, this God is the proximate cause of everything that exists save Himself as He is self-existent. He has perfect power to bring anything into existence by the simple exercise of His will. He has perfect knowledge of all things through all time.
He has perfect goodness in all that He is and does. The free will defense to the problem of evil fails due to the internal contradictions in the Christian God.A research paper for English , Milton: To Paradise and Beyond, an upper-level literature course taught by Dr.
Christopher Hodgkins, written on 8 December at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A Devil of a Problem: Satan as Hero in Paradise Lost.
by Matt Wallace. To give some examples, John Steadman has written many articles on John Milton and Paradise Lost, of which “The Idea of Satan as the Hero of Paradise Lost” and “Milton and St.
Basil: The Genesis of Sin and Death” and “Milton and Mazzoni: the Genre of the Divina Commedia” have been particularly relevant.5/5(2). Paradise Lost is a unique text in that responses to Milton’s epic have not evolved in line with trends in literary theory, and instead rehash the three hundred year old disagreement on whether Milton’s Satan is, in any sense, either by accident or deliberation, the hero of the story.
Is Milton’s Satan the hero of Paradise Lost?. WE ALL KNOW that Satan is the villain, synonymous with evil, not to be trusted, listened to, believed.
We know his story, but we know it’s his fault. A research paper examining the hero problem in John Milton's Paradise Lost within the context of William Blake's infamous comment that Milton 'was a true Poet, and of the Devil’s party without knowing it'.
Milton's Satan is regarded as one of the most ambivalent and critically discussed characters within English literature due to readers and critics' inability to decide whether he was the hero of Paradise Lost or not. through this effort to shed more light on Satan's character, Milton seems to give the impression that Satan is the hero of his poem.