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Satan in Paradise Lost

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Transcript of Satan in Paradise Lost

Good vs Evil
Other Represntations of Satan
Power Struggle
Discussion
Milton's Physical Description of Satan
"which tempted out attempt, and wrought our fall.
Henceforth his might we know, and know our own
so as not either to provoke, or dread new war, provoked" (Milton 641-645).
Satan's Representation in
John Milton's
Paradise Lost

"Milton's image of Satan's army perused from behind by God's wrath and forced to plunge intself headlong into the depths of hell" (Rosenblant 33).

God has the power, Satan wants the power and is tempted by all of God's power.

God created Satan, which complicates Satan's position

In turn, Satan must taint creation rather than overcoming God.

"and out of good still to find means of evil" (165).
Do you feel sympathetic for Satan's Character in Paradise Lost?

Which image do you feel best represents Satan?
By: Aislinn and Becky
Milton's Representation of Satan in Book 1
Feel The Temptation
The Life of John Milton
9 December 1608 – 8 November 1674
Logic and Rhetoric in order to submerge the audience into the temptation of Satan.
Works Cited
Hard to create a visual equivalent of Milton's Poetry

Milton uses different methods to describe Satan:
-"Serpent" (34).
-"but his face/ Deep scars of thunder had entrenched, and care/ sat on his faded cheek" (599-601).
-"Cruel his eyes" (604).
- Wings

Although described as in a gruesome manner, the atmosphere of Hell adds to his unflattering description.
"In adamantine chains and penal fire" (Milton 48).
"A dungeon horrible, on all sides round/ As one great furnace flamed, yet from those flames/ No light, but rather darkness visible/ Served only to discover sights of woe/ Regions of sorrow" (61-65).
Paradise Lost is an Epic Poem. The version (2nd) that appears in our anthology was published in 1674 the year in which he passed away.

Attended Christ's College in Cambridge

Religion played a huge role in Milton's life.

Milton associated with the Puritan cause but his religious opinions developed throughout his entire life "from relative orthodoxy in his youth to ever more heretical positions in his later life" (North Anthology 1899).
Satan as the Hero
Satan as the Antagonist
"If Satan is a tragic hero, it is because we are not honestly willing to test good by evil" (Stein 221).
Satan is:
-Courageous
-Fights against impossible odds
-Leader of the fallen.

Most of All Satan is a smooth talker!
"to be weak is to be miserable" (156)

"That Glory never shall hid wrath or might
extort from me" (110-111).

"The mind is his own place, and in itself
Can we make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n." (254-255).
Satan in Milton's Paradise Lost is represented as a military Hero
Critics have debated about Satan's heroic Stance in Paradise Lost since its publication.
"Only by distinguishing and isolating the different senses of heroism and heroic virtue, and by examining the various ways in which Milton deliberately played these different meanings, can we moderns approach a solution to the basic issues underlying the so-called 'Satanist' controversy" (Steadman 254).
We will now briefly explore the possibility that Satan is a tragic Hero as opposed to a Christian Hero, or a Virtuous Hero

Characteristics of a Tragic Hero:

The Flaw
The Punishment
The Fall evoking pity (See Book IV)
The Reversal of Fortunes
Power Struggle Continued...
Rosenblatt, Jason P. "Structural Unity and Temporal Concordance: The
War in Heaven in Paradise Lost" Modern Language Association.
87.1 (1962): 31-41. Online. JSTOR.
Steadman, John M. "The Idea of Satan as the Hero of 'Paradise Lost.'"
Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society. 120.4 (1976):
253 294. Online. JSTOR.
Stein, Arnold. "Satan: The Dramatic Role of Evil" Modern Language
Association. 65.2 (1950): 221-231. Online. JSTOR


Special Thanks to Google Images.
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