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Amy Sexton 11/24/08 English 215 Response 5 Response 5, Book X, Lines 538-547 They saw, but other sight instead, a crowd Of ugly serpents; horror on them fell, And horrid sympathy; for what they saw, They felt themselves now changing; down their arms, Down fell both spear and shield, down they as fast, And the dire hiss renewed, and the dire form Catched by contagion, like in punishment, As in their crime. Thus was th’ applause they meant, Turned to exploding hiss, triumph to shame Cast on themselves from their own mouths. {There stood} In Paradise Lost , Book X, lines 538-547, Milton is describing the change in the fallen angels to serpents. As Satan descends into Hell, he expects a crowd of followers to welcome his homecoming and his ‘so-called triumph’ over God. However, once Satan arrives, he realizes that all the angels had turned into serpents, which was part of God’s punishment for Satan’s evil deed. Milton describes the fallen angels’ change within hell.
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