Essay on Milton 's View Of Paradise Lost

1783 Words Dec 13th, 2016 8 Pages
There abound many different views of Milton’s ideas in the Modern criticism of Paradise Lost in the poem. In an age that now seeks out diverse viewpoints and admires the man who stands forth against the accepted view, one major problem is that Paradise Lost is fanatically Christian. Milton 's religious views reflect his era, epoch and the nature of the church he belonged to. Though his orthodox ideas were not ultra-conservative, he was devoted member of his religion. The theme of the Paradise Lost as posited by him is so revealing. Milton’s commencement of Paradise Lost is that he will sing, "Of Man 's First Disobedience" (I, 1) so that he can "assert Eternal Providence, / And justify the ways of God to men" (I, 25-26). Apparently, the theme of Paradise Lost has religious undertone and has three parts and they are: disobedience, Eternal Providence, and justification of God to men. Most discussions of Paradise Lost focus exclusively on the latter of these three, shading no light on the first two. The readers and those non ardent readers of Paradise Lost have a misconception of what Milton means by the word justify and they have the assumption that Milton is arrogantly asserting that God 's actions and motives are obviously arbitrary that they require vindication and explanation. Milton 's idea of justification however is not as arrogantly as many readers perceive it as. Milton’s use of “justification” is not to prove that an action is or was proper as in the lexical sense…

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