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Paradise Lost -John Milton Christian epic poem in blank verse Written when Milton was blind Published:1667, re. 1674 Publisher:Samuel Simmons Source:Book of Genesis Total Books:12 Books (1674) -10 books in 1stversion & 2 more books were added in 2nd version -Book 7 & Book 10 split into two Shortest book:Book 7 Longest book:Book 9 (describes fall of Man) Sequel:Paradise Regained (4 Books) Technique: epic tradition‘in medias res’(in the midst of things) Subject:Of man’s first disobedience and the fruit/ of that forbidden tree, whose mortal task brought death into world” (Opening line) Abdiel: (angel)first to follow Satan but then return to God Days taken by Raphael to describe about the creation of Earth: 6 days Milton accused ________as “The sons of Belial, flown with insolence and wine”: The Court Writers Theme:Justifying the ways of God Only contemporary of Milton mentioned by name in Paradise Lost: Galileo (Book 5) Satan in Paradise Lost is compared toLeviathan (sea serpent in Jewish belief) First 16 lines comprised of 1 single sentance Satan’s disguised forms Satan > Cherub > Bird > Toad > Mist > Serpent (Snake) Muses Invoked Heavenly museBook 1 & Book 3 UraniaBook 7
Detailed facts Book 1 begins with a prologue in which Milton states the purpose of Paradise Lost: to justify the ways of God to humans and to tell the story of their fall. invokes a heavenly muse (who inspired Moses to write part of the Bible) to help him tell the tale introduces the character of Satan (Lucifer), a former great angel in Heaven. Satan tried to overthrow God's rule and banded together with other rebel angels to begin a civil war (Angelic war) that lasts for 3 days. Abdiel: (angel)first to follow Satan but then return to GodSatan fellow rebellion angels: Beelzebub(2nd in command), Belial, Mammon, Moloch God Representative:Michael (defeated Satan with help of ‘special sword’) The rebel angels were defeated and cast out of Heaven and into Hell. God took name Lucifer (godly name) from him, now he is called as Satan. TARTARUS- Angelic war + banishing rebellion to hell Story starts Satan and the other rebel angels waking up to find themselves floating on a lake of fire in Hell, transformed into devils. Upset, Satan gathers the fallen angels together through God's permission that they were able to loosen the chains that bound them upon their arrival in Hell. They find minerals, gems and gold from the underground and builds PENDEMONIUM (capital of Hell) o PENDEMONIUM -Architect:Mulciber Book 2 Setting:Pendemonium With Satan sitting on an elaborate throne, the council convenes to debate the next move. Came to know about Adam and Eve during debate. Debate .Stand against God Vs submit themselves .Satan speech .Molochwas first who initiated and pleaded for another open war, arguing that they have nothing to lose because they are already in Hell.
.Belial - they do nothing (believing God may eventually become less angry and dispense with their suffering) [Advocates peace] .Mammon
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