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John Milton, and Paradise Lost
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John Milton; Paradise Lost
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The fist part of the 12 volume story is about a war in heaven, where Satan and God's angels fight. Satan loses this fight, and goes to earth with his servants Death and Sin. He sees Adam and Eve, who were created to replace the fallen angels.
Satan returns to the garden in the form a serpent. Both Eve and Adam are convinced to eat the fruit and become lustful, aware and ashamed. Death, Sin and Satan all live in the world (in snake form). God is angry with Adam and shows him the future he has chosen.
John Milton usually wrote in Blank Verse, which was very influential for later writers. The themes of Paradise Lost are very culturally significant. Miltonic verse was standard in English epics post-Milton.
Milton wrote paradise lost to justify to himself why sin entered the world. His following work, Paradise Regained, describes Christ's life and his triumph over sin.
Importance of Milton
Even though it was written in 1667, it has influences generations of writers since. It was especially prominent in English Romatism, affecting Mary Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, William Blake, and more recently writer Phillip Pullman. It was one of the major influences for The Devil's Advocate
Paradise Lost is the Genesis Story. It is the creation, and subsequent fall of Adam and Eve. It follows the stories of three main protagonists--Adam, Eve and Satan.
Satan then tries to enter the Garden of Eden,
only to be kicked out by the angel Raphael.
Raphael warns Adam and Eve of Satan and his
Adam and Eve are kicked out of the garden by
Michael and eventually become reconciled with each
other. Adam becomes depressed when he sees
future images of sin; only Jesus' future promise
of Salvation heals him.
The ending is the sad expulsion from Eden.
"The first sort by their own suggestions fell,
Self-tempted, self-depraved: man falls deceived
By the other first: man therefore shall find grace,
The other none"
"Let it all burn
I will burn first
God, I've tried, am I lost in your eyes?
Just let me burn
It's what I deserve
God, I've lied, am I lost in your eyes?"
Paradise Lost is almost a modern catchphrase; understanding the plot and ideas help one become more culturally literate.
Miton wrote in a style so influencial, that it is now refered as "Miltonic Verse," or "Miltonic Epic"
He wrote during a time of religous and political uncertainity--his passion, poetry, self-determination and republicanism famed him as much as his epic works.
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This quote from the third book. God explains the origin of fallen angels--free will. Milton argued that fallen angels could not be saved.
Milton's combonation of classical and spirtual ideas contributed to create a "better" epic.