Essay John Milton 's Paradise Lost

1874 Words Oct 4th, 2016 8 Pages
History has a tendency of repeating itself. Norms and laws may change, but viewpoints tend to fluctuate between being optimistic and pessimistic. This can be traced throughout humanity, with some decades being notably prosperous and optimistic and others being much more difficult and pessimistic. However, there are two periods in humanity that can be compared to on many different aspects and topics, with one of those topics focusing on human nature and epistemology. More specifically, whether the 1700s had an optimistic or pessimistic viewpoint on both human nature and epistemology and if the same can be said with the views of our generation today. With the many new discoveries being made during the Enlightenment, which would normally produce a more optimistic view on human nature, the outlook and views on human nature during the 1700s still seemed excessively pessimistic. It would seem that man is naturally drawn towards the topic of epistemology and obtaining knowledge, but during the 1700s it has given a negative While there is a rather negative view on human nature, which is exemplified through John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan, Sor Juana’s The Answer, and Galileo’s Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina of Tuscany, it would be advantageous to adopt a more optimistic viewpoint on the subject matter. It would prove to be beneficial widely due to the fact that our generation of millennials still hold that notion of pessimism towards the topic of human…

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