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1 English 320 Final Exam 9 December 2010 Restoration 1. Milton’s Paradise Lost is inextricably tied to the events of the Restoration and the affairs of his family. Describe Milton’s purpose in writing PL and how the idea of Satan’s betrayal allegorizes 17th century Protestant England. Be sure to mention how Milton’s work reflected his political and theological beliefs. In what ways does the work draw upon Renaissance motifs, as well? The Restoration brought wide-reaching changes to England. Milton’s Paradise Lost embodies aspects of these changes brought about during this time and those that took place previously during the Renaissance. In this epic poem, Milton attempts to justify the ways of man through his description of the fall of Satan. He pulls upon his own political and theological beliefs to satirize the changes taking place in England during his time. Milton wrote Paradise Lost as a form of propaganda to express his dissatisfaction with the changing state of Protestant England while also drawing upon Renaissance motifs. In writing Paradise Lost , Milton elaborates upon the Genesis story. He describes Satan as the fallen archangel; Satan had been first and foremost under God until he tried to place himself as the main object of worship. In turn, God kicked Satan out of heaven, much to Satan’s chagrin. Satan overcomes his anger by looking on the bright side of his expulsion from heaven; instead of being subjected under God, he now has the opportunity to reign in his own kingdom: “better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven” (263). As ruler of Hell, Satan wages war on the angels and succeeds with the aid of gunpowder. He takes all of God’s actions and turns them into bad deeds. Through writing this epic poem, Milton intended to “Assert eternal Providence,/ And justify the ways of God to men” (25-26). He utilizes the character of Satan as a satirical instrument. Satan is equivalent to an absolute ruler: he fights for supreme power, falls and rises again to torment men. Through writing about Satan’s fall and regain of power, Milton creates a parallel between the life of Satan and the life of Charles II. Milton had been an avid supporter of the Commonwealth; he was even imprisoned for his support of this new form of government. He mourned when the monarchy was reinstated in 1660 and Charles II rose to power. In many ways, Milton believed Satan to be like the monarchy. Both instigate evil through their incessant appetite for power. They struggle to accept God as the ultimate ruler, which leads to the creation of their own kingdoms. In addition, Milton believed Adam and Eve to be comparable to the Commonwealth. While God created Adam and Eve with good intentions, they gave in to temptation and chose to disobey God, which led to the fall of man and creation of sin. Likewise, the Commonwealth was created to better England yet chose to restore the Monarchy, therefore creating a state of disobedience and chaos. Milton, who held strong beliefs as a
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