Lecture 8 - Areopagitica<< previous session| next session >>Overview:Milton's political tract Areopagiticais discussed at length. The author's complicated take on state censorshipand licensing, both practiced by the English government with respect to printed materials at the time, isexamined. His eclectic use of pagan mythology, Christian scripture, and the metaphors of eating anddigestion in defense of his position are probed. Lastly, Milton's insistence that moral truths must be examinedand tested in order for goodness to be known is explored as an early manifestation of the rhetoric that will beused to depict the Fall in
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