Lecture 22 - Paradise Regained, Books III-IV << previous session| next session >>Overview:In this second lecture on Paradise Regained, the three temptations are examined and Milton's unusualdeparture from their account in the Gospel of Luke is discussed. The poem's tacit assertion of the superiorityof knowledge and ethics over action is probed. Considerable time is spent examining the Son's rejection ofclassical literature. Finally, Book Four's allusion to the riddle of the sphinx serves as a springboard to aconsideration of the poem's Oedipal elements.Reading assignment:
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2012 for the course ENGL 220 taught by Professor Rogers during the Fall '08 term at Yale.