John Milton 's Paradise Lost Essay

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When discussing the fate of the fallen, be them angel or man, it is important to become acquainted with Sin and Death, the offspring of Satan. In Paradise Lost, Book 2, from lines 746 to 814, Milton offers what it is to sin and the price of sin with descriptive imagery through Sin’s words. Both Sin and Death embody and characterize their names as both allegories and personifications. Milton uses Sin to describe their monstrous tale and further shows how Sin is sinful but also how she too is fallen just through the use of language and figurative speech. Death is then described as a never ending punishment to Sin and all other sinners with the dark tone Sin uses to describe him.
Although Sin and Death may not be in the forms of humans when Satan comes across them at Hell’s Gates, their beastly figures still represent the meanings of sin and death. To sin is to disobey God, and the first disobedience occurred when Satan first had the idea of overthrowing God as he was “In bold conspiracy against Heav’n’s King” (II.835) and Sin was conceived. Death’s purpose is to serve as the never ending punishment of Sin, and ultimately the eventual fate of a sinner. Along with being literal representations of their names, their relationship with one another and Satan acts parodies the relationship between God, the Son, Adam and Eve. Eve was born a sexless birth from Adam, just as Sin was born of a single parent being Satan, acting as both mother and father just like Adam.…

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