The Connection Between Night And Darkness Essay

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Through the connection between night and darkness, Eden is drawn into the conversation about darkness in Paradise Lost. Eden has day and night, which is consistent with the three creation stories. Many of the negative events foreshadowing the Fall occur in darkness or during the night. Satan plots to trick Adam and Eve into sinning in the darkness. In Book 2, during the important discussion in Hell as to whether the fall angels will attempt to fight God, despite having lost the first battle that caused their exile from Heaven. Beelzebub, one of the fallen angels in Hell, remarks to Satan, “Advise if this be worth/Attempting, or to sit in darkness here/Hatching vain empires” (Book 2 Line 376-378). Satan sits in the darkness devising plans for how to spread his darkness.
Furthermore, each time Satan takes any action before the fall within Eden, in Paradise Lost, it occurs during the night. The first time Satan appears to Eve when he causes her to have a dream about eating the forbidden fruit during night, under the cover of darkness. Uriel has told Gabriel that he met one of the fallen angels and that fallen angel has entered Eden. The poet depicts the angels Ithuriel and Zephon finding a miniscule Satan whispering in Eve’s ear:
Him there they found,
Squat like a toad, close at the ear of Eve,
Assaying by his devilish art to reach
The organs of her fancy and with them forge
Illusions as he list, phantasms and dreams,
Or if, inspiring venom, he might taint
The animal…

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