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Amy Sexton English 215 11/24/08 Rough Draft: Paradise Lost The Idea of Hell According to the Oxford English Dictionary, ‘Hell’ refers to “the infernal regions regarded in various religions as a place of suffering and evil; the dwelling place of devils and condemned spirits; the place or state of punishment of the wicked after death.” Hell is also conceived as “a place, state, or situation of wickedness, suffering, or misery.” John Milton frequently refers to this “place, state, or situation of misery” in his book, Paradise Lost . Milton carefully dissects the idea of hell and illustrates a place of pain and suffering where individuals and demons travel when they have fallen from the grace of God. To fully comprehend the meaning of Milton’s hell, an understanding of the dynamics between Heaven and Hell as environments, the dynamics between God and Satan, and the fall of Man are indispensible. Heaven and Hell are understood as two separate entities. Hell is created by God {the Father} once the revolting angels had fallen. In Book I, “The Argument”, Milton depicts Satan’s and the other revolting angel’s fall into Hell.p “Which action passed over, the poem hastes into the midst of things, presenting Satan with his angels now
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