Essay on Is Satan A Hero?

1846 Words Nov 29th, 2015 8 Pages
Is Satan a hero? That is a question asked by puzzled readers of Paradise Lost. Even though the answer appeared to be a simple yes or no, the answer to this question is complex. However, the condensed version of this answer is that Satan is a fallen hero; basically, Satan is neither a hero or not a hero. Instead Satan’s character is considered to be in the middle of this fine line between both hero and villain. This is made evident through the various actions and characteristics that have been outwardly displayed with Satan’s character. Also proof of Satan being a fallen hero is viewed through a comparison between him to another fallen hero called Macbeth; Macbeth is also another fallen hero from the famous Shakespearian play titled Macbeth. Overall, Satan is a true fallen hero; this is evident by viewing his rhetoric, his characteristics, and his similarities to Macbeth. The first manner in which Satan is a fallen hero is viewed through the rhetoric he uses. The first example of this is viewed through when Satan tried to argue for staying in hell by using logos; “ Here we may reign secure, and in my choice / To reign is worth ambition though in Hell: / Better to reign in Hell, then serve in Heav’n.” (Milton Book I, 261-263). This shows that Satan was looking out for his own followers while he was in hell, but his suggested course of action is less than heroic though the way that Satan is being a lazy. Rather, Satan should be rallying his men in a heroic fashion in order…

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