The Satanic By John Milton 's Paradise Lost And Christopher Marlowe 's The Tragical History
1782 Words Nov 13th, 2016 8 Pages
Forbidden acts and disobedience are separating factors within a given society. Those who obey the rules exist within the unity of the community, whereas those who disobey seem to create an individualistic representation of themselves outside of the conformity of the society. Dealing directly with the Satanic and Demonic, John Milton’s Paradise Lost and Christopher Marlowe’s The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus seek to portray and define the characteristics of the character’s that perform such actions within their communities and their position in that world after the fact. Both Doctor John Faustus, though his swelling desire for knowledge, and Satan, in his unsuccessful usurpation and rebellion against God, utilize their satanic pride and ambition in order to try and create a self actualization of their unbounded independence and power; however, in their apparent independence they ultimately fulfill their intended roles as subservient to a larger, more knowing being.
Satan, within Milton’s Paradise Lost, ultimately confirms his satanic ways by expelling submission towards God and affirming his own path as the direct perversion of all that God wants. In the beginning, Satan’s fall is due to his attempt at usurping, or at least obtaining some control over, the Father and his kingdom. Instead of accepting his place that God had laid out for him, Satan believed, with much pride, that he was better than the Father. In continuation of this pride and…