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Milton, Behn, Dryden This week’s readings on Milton, Behn, and Dryden all seem to have the future of literature, and  literary tradition as themes. Milton’s  Areopagitica  is mainly his response to a licensing order in 1643. He argues that the use of  reading is to determine what good is by determining what evil is, and says that Adam knew good by  knowing evil (1462). Milton uses the Bible (which was likely the most widely read/known book in that  time) as an example of a book with stories containing both good and evil, as an attempt to compel  readers to agree that the licensing order is wrong because (clearly) reading allows us to learn of  virtue and vice in a safe way. His essay shows the ways in which the future of literature and literary  tradition are impacted by the licensing order. He argues that the future of literature is at stake 
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