Satan’s spiteful actions, attitude, and appearance are exposed in John Milton’s Paradise Lost and other texts. Satan is a mesmerizing but revengeful figure who utilizes doubt to break the relationship established between man and God.
Satan desires to be worshiped; he aims to rule without the intrusion of God and humans. When neglected from praise he is consumed in envy and ambition for supremacy. His greatest asset for revenge is humans. Satan attempts to make humans sin and therefore step away from God. In Paradise Lost he shows the power of his deception:
So saying, her rash hand in evil hour/ Forth reaching to the Fruit, she pluck’d, she eat:/Earth felt the wound, and Nature from her seat/Sighing through all her Works gave sign of woe,/ That all was lost. Back to the Thickest slunk/The guiltie Serpent, and well might, for EVE /Intent now wholly on her taste. (6)
The serpent tempted Eve to sin by convincing her that disobeying God would favor her, although it is otherwise. He is very cunning, twisting every situation in his benefit. In Scripture it states:
You won’t die! the serpent replied to the women. God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil. The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. (Genesis 3:4-7)
Satan is deceitful. He knows that defiance will be the ultimate betrayal for God because the path established by the Lord has been abandoned through sin. Eve will go against the mighty Lord and step with Satan. The serpent uses curiosity against Eve and screws the reality into a credulous lie for her. He takes advantage of her desires for the fruit and knowledge and manipulates it into a weapon for destruction and disloyalty. As form of revenge Satan manipulates man into sin.
Satan attempts to break the spiritual relationship between man and god. He begins to implant the seed of doubt in the human mind. The serpent reverses the motives of God and uses them in his favor, such as in Paradise Lost:
Why then was this forbid? Why but to awe,/ Why but to keep ye low and ignorant,/ His worshipers; he knows that in the day/ Ye Eate thereof, your eyes that seem so cleere,/ Yet are but dim, shall be as Gods,/ Knowing both Good and Evil as they know./ That ye should be as Gods. (6)
Satan sways Eve into thinking that God objects to her knowledge of good and bad. With his lies and poison he influences the situation for Eve. Satan creates this state of logic that is rational for Eve and Adam and through malice presses them towards temptation. Not only does Satan try to break humans from God, but he also sends his demons, Screwtape and Wormwood to taint the concept of religion. His demons...