Essay about John Milton 's Paradise Lost

1028 Words Sep 18th, 2015 null Page
Free will is an extremely important concept in John Milton’s Paradise Lost that greatly impacts the fateful decision made by Adam and Eve. Many questions are raised in the face of a notion such as free will, which prompt the reader and Milton to understand God’s logic and Adam and Eve’s reasoning for turning their backs on it. God makes his new creations “just and right / sufficient to have stood, though free to fall,” and, therefore, obtain the explicitly stated ability to turn against God. The first instance of free will the reader sees is Satan’s decision to rebel against God and attempt to defeat Him and all of the angels that joined him in his efforts. Although God experiences this defiance and is forced to punish Satan for his actions, He gambles with Heaven’s authority and stature in giving human beings free will. God is portrayed in the text as an omniscient being and possesses a plethora of foreknowledge. When God foresees Adam and Eve being tempted into committing original sin, he immediately places the blame on them, claiming that they cannot “justly accuse / their Maker or their making, or their fate / as if predestination overruled / their will disposed by absolute decree / or high foreknowledge.” God’s decision to give humans free will suddenly seems questionable. It hardly makes sense to grant them with this privilege when He knows that they will use it to corrupt themselves and cause the fall of humanity. Milton writes a passive and dangerous God who…

Related Documents