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Unformatted text preview: found it much easier to pity Claggart. Paradise Lost is intended to play devil’s advocate, literally, and gain the empathy of the reader for a character that is the personification of evil. Milton succeeds in establishing a character that is evil as well as pitiful in the reader’s eye. I believe Claggart is another character of this classification. Since he has never known anything other than evil, he is a creature that falls victim to his nature and cannot control his envious ways. I also believe that any evil character can be pitied. A character that is innately evil cannot control his nature. A character, however, that becomes evil as a result of some event can be pitied as well. Therefore, I realized that although people and characters can indeed be evil, it doesn’t mean they don’t deserve our mercy....
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- Fall '08
- Paradise Lost , English-language films, Narcissism, Envy, Claggart, purely evil characters