Using Language to Describe Allegorical Figures Essay

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Using Language to Describe Allegorical Figures

Milton and Spenser are both describing awful situations in their relative poems, Milton concentrating on an empty existence, filled with gloom and despair; in fact the very description is of gloom and despair, whilst Milton is describing an encounter with the gates of hell itself, and indeed two terrible creatures, causing an atmosphere of pure and utter evil flocculated with horror.

Milton's language suggests ultimate evil, words that over centuries have been distorted to lessen their original dramatic meaning. We casually use words like "terrible," when describing the weather. In
Milton's poem, words like "terrible" exist; to talk about unimaginable terror filled situations.
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The mythological characters are products of the subconscious of primitive man. By linking his descriptions of evil and terror to mythological characters, Milton is evoking within the reader, his basic subconscious experiences of terror and horror are consciously presented as monsters and the like. Take for example the description of the dogs with "wide Cerberean mouths." By linking the dogs with
Cerberus, Milton is turning his character into a contemporary of
Cerberus. This means, these dogs evoke within man the same fear evoked by Cerberus himself. Milton knew this fear because the most horrifying thoughts and circumstances of primitive man express themselves through the many headed dog monster Cerberus.

Then most deeply to consider is the vile image of the "woman to the waist." The description starts about a beautiful, fair woman, who at the waist becomes a sick, vile, blanket of scaly, repulsive "foul folds." "Voluminous and vast," are these serpent-like scales. The sound the words make help create this large, boundary-less form,
"voluminous and vast," have to be said in a long drawn out manner.
However, the scales must have an opening for the dog offspring of this half-woman, half-snake, crawl at will into her womb and start gnawing away at it from the inside. This gives the reader an impression

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