Seeing Satan in a different light in Paradise Lost Satan is a character that has been ridiculed and teased in our modern world because of his symbolization of evil, combined with the underlying hypothesis that good will always triumph over evil ultimately questioning and mocking his presence. In Paradise Lost John Milton frays from the typical view of Satan as the devil-on-your-shoulder by having the readers absorbed in the idea that they actually feel sympathetic towards this evil creature. Within lines 605-645 in Book 1 Milton humanizes Satan on a level that the readers can relate, which aids to their view of sympathy towards him. These lines establish a struggle within Satan and illustrate his banishment from Heaven, which brought him
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These two godly, heavenly words are capitalized as though it is foreshadowing that Satan will never succeed. Having the words capitalized seem to work as a taunt towards Satan, that the Almighty Angels are the ones with the strength, they are “matchless” and Satan should not even bother battling against the “powers of immortal spirits”.
Satan then goes on to describe his disappointment when battling and “How such a united force of gods, how such/As stood like these, could ever know repulse?”(1.629-30). Although Satan is describing how he tried to battle good, there is still a suggestion of sympathy and pity the reader might feel. By describing the gods as “united” gives the image of Satan being all alone, even though he has an army they aren’t like the “united gods”. The repetition of the “how such” demonstrates Satan’s frustration, almost like he is whining like a child, saying to the reader that they are a united force, how am I supposed to win, there is no chance. When reading these lines there is a suggestion of a big brother, little brother hierarchy which the reader might see; God representing the older brother that always triumphs and Satan as the little brother that will never be as strong or as wise as the eldest.
This sibling hierarchy image continues when Satan describes that God just “Sat on His throne, upheld by old