Lecture 15 - Paradise Lost, Books V-VI << previous session| next session >>Overview:The description of human sexual hierarchy in Book Four of Paradise Lostis contrasted with the depiction ofangelic hierarchy in Book Five. Both the Archangel Raphael's and Satan's accounts and theories of creationare examined. The poem's complex and vacillating endorsement of arbitrary decree, on the one hand, andegalitarian self-determination, on the other, is probed. The nature of matter and physical being in Heaven andEden are explored with particular emphasis placed on the poem's monistic elements. Overall, Milton'swillingness to question accepted religious, social, and political doctrine, even that which authorities in his
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