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Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. In essence, Paradise Lost presents two moral paths that one can take after disobedience: His decision to rebel comes only from himself—he was not persuaded or provoked by others.
Also, his decision to continue to disobey God after his fall into Hell ensures that God will not forgive him. Adam and Eve, on the other hand, decide to repent for their sins and seek forgiveness. Unlike Satan, Adam and Eve understand that their disobedience to God will be corrected through generations of toil on Earth.
This path is obviously the correct one to take: The Hierarchical Nature of the Universe Paradise Lost is about hierarchy as much as it is about obedience. The layout of the universe—with Heaven above, Hell below, and Earth in the middle—presents the universe as a hierarchy based on proximity to God and his grace.
This spatial hierarchy leads to a social hierarchy of angels, humans, animals, and devils: To obey God is to respect this hierarchy. When the Son and the good angels defeat the rebel angels, the rebels are punished by being banished far away from Heaven.
Satan continues to disobey God and his hierarchy as he seeks to corrupt mankind. Before the fall, Adam and Eve treat the visiting angels with proper respect and acknowledgement of their closeness to God, and Eve embraces the subservient role allotted to her in her marriage.
When Eve persuades Adam to let her work alone, she challenges him, her superior, and he yields to her, his inferior. Again, as Adam eats from the fruit, he knowingly defies God by obeying Eve and his inner instinct instead of God and his reason.
This display of love and compassion, given through the Son, is a gift to humankind.
Humankind must now experience pain and death, but humans can also experience mercy, salvation, and grace in ways they would not have been able to had they not disobeyed. While humankind has fallen from grace, individuals can redeem and save themselves through continued devotion and obedience to God.
In other words, good will come of sin and death, and humankind will eventually be rewarded.Milton’s Portrayal of Satan in Paradise Lost and the Notion of Heroism. Milton departed from the crude tradition of earlier religious epics and seems to have adopted ideas from the Elizabethan and Jacobean stage.
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Origninal image was edited with an aged paper effect. His manipulations and abuses of language in Paradise Lost threaten can be viewed, as an attempt on Satan’s part to "take over the power of God’s words" (Forsyth, , as cited in Morrison, ), and that he challenges God for control and dominance of the serpent image.
Themes Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. The Importance of Obedience to God. The first words of Paradise Lost state that the poem’s main theme will be “Man’s first Disobedience.” Milton narrates the story of Adam and Eve’s disobedience, explains how and why it happens, and places the story within the larger context of Satan.
Paradise Lost is most widely admired and intensively studied in English literature. Very few of the critics have noticed the body narrative of Satan, the complex and subtle image in Paradise Lost.
The gradual degradation of Satan’s body is closely linked with his disobedience of hierarchical nature of the universe and his downward moral path.
John Milton's Paradise Lost Why Satan’s character in Paradise Lost is the original antihero (I should add I am not thrilled that the poem has preserved archaic ideas about women’s.