Impact Of Religion In John Milton's Paradise Lost

Christian McCartney
William Nolen
British Literature 
4 December 2016

Paradise Lost in Religion?
Impact of religion on John Milton 's "Paradise Lost"
All that Milton has written over half a century pales next to his masterpiece "Paradise Lost." While still a student, the poet decided to create an epic work that would bring fame to England and its literature. Initially, he intended to make the epic of the legendary King Arthur. However, at a time of fierce struggle against the monarchy, his project was impossible to be implemented.
The plot of "Paradise Lost" has been taken from the Bible. Milton appealed to the holy spirit to give him an inspiration: “What in me is dark Illumine, what is low raise and support; That to the height of this great
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However, there were different problems, artistic, moral, social, which was by the poet himself. "Paradise Lost" has summed up many years of reflections of the author about religion and philosophy, about the fate of the homeland and humanity, the ways of its political and spiritual development.
The cosmic grandeur of Milton happens to be represented in a prominently effective way. The dramatic events of "Paradise Lost" which are evolved on the background of boundless prairies of the universe. Its theme consists of the sacred story, and the characters are God, the Devil, the Messiah, Adam and Eve. The world and human history appear in the epic as an arena of centuries-old struggle between good and evil as a stadium of divine and satanic principles. Milton 's portrays in his poem impressive battle scenes of heavenly legions and glorifies the victory of God over the Devil, narrates about the fall of Adam and Eve and the temporary triumph of Satan, anticipates the coming salvation of people and their way to perfection. This way, by using "the language, passions and illusions," borrowed from the Old Testament, he comes to an optimistic conclusion about the inevitable triumph of good in the world, the conclusion which is especially true in the "evil days" of the
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In accordance with Christian ideals, Milton poem was conceived as a justification of God 's ways, but the biblical doctrine caused in him as in the best representatives of his class, certain doubts. Eventually, those have led to the fact that Satan rebelled against God, is being condemned by the author, however, is not devoid of sympathy and incorporates features of a brave protestant against the world order. "Paradise Lost" is the creation of the great rebellious spirit. It could not be unable to express a man who gave his entire life to the struggle against despotism.
A new, unusual tone was acquired from the pen of the artist by the other part of the Old Testament legend, dedicated to the first people. The myth of Adam and Eve is Milton’s starting point for philosophical and poetic reflection on the meaning of life, the nature of human, his quest for knowledge, and place under the

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