John Milton 's Paradise Lost Essay example

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The antagonist Satan in John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” is undoubtedly the most psychologically complex, dynamic, manipulative, and yet sympathetic character in the history of literature. John Milton paints the reader a portrait of Satan’s character as someone who has several negative characteristics, (such as pride and vengeance) but who also possesses brilliant leadership skills. He is able to give speeches that inspire his followers to carry out evil deeds, but behind closed doors, he is revealed to be a very troubled and pained being. Satan’s valor, dignity as well as determination gives him all the qualities of a hero. Yet it is his pride fullness, unreapentive heart, and desire to create evil and chaos in the world that show the villain he truly is. Despite his complex qualities, Milton shows another side of Satan, an almost humanistic side that makes the reader sympathize with him, rather than see him for who he is: The Prince of Darkness. Book 1 of Paradise Lost begins with the author declaring the subject of his epic poem, Man’s Disobedience to God, which lead to Adam and Eve’s loss of the right to live in the Garden of Eden. Milton touches on the cause for the Fall, Satan, whom he refers to as “the infernal Serpent,” (34) who “filled with Envy and Revenge, deceiv’d the Mother of Mankind” (35-36). Satan’s anger is driven by the fact that prior to the Garden of Eden, he had “rais’d
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