“Journeys foster insights into the self”
Every single human being on the planet undertakes a series of journeys throughout their life, people constantly have physical, imaginative and inner journeys. A journey changes people, as they begin to understand and get in touch with themselves. These journeys foster insights into one’s self. These notions of journey will be discussed today throughout the epic poem Paradise Lost written by John Milton and will also be discussed through the Harry Potter book series written by J.K. Rowling.
Predestination is a concept that is seen throughout many stories about journeys. This notion is clear in John Milton’s English epic, Paradise Lost. Throughout Paradise Lost symbolism is a recurring theme as Milton uses it as his premise in order to present readers with a personal connection with the text. Milton utilizes imagery as a technique to illustrate the notion of predestination through the theory of the ‘fortunate fall’, which is based on God allowing the Fall of Man so that he could bring good out of it, and be able to show his love and power through the incarnation of his Son. This idea demonstrates the journey of the inner self where the free will of Adam and Eve and Satan remains uninhibited, but still fits into God’s predestined plan.
Milton argues the notion of obedience and disobedience to the servitude of God and maintains that although God foresaw the fall of man, he still didn’t influence Adam and Eve’s free will. Milton’s use of juxtaposition whereby God specifically says that he gives his creatures the option to serve or disobey, as he wants obedience that is freely given, not forced. Milton uses juxtaposition in order to surprise his readers and evoke their interest by means of developing a comparison between two dissimilar things by placing them side by side. The comparison drawn adds vividness to his poem and provides a logical connection between these two concepts. In describing the Fall before it happens, God already predicts how he will remedy it and give greater glory to himself by sending his Son to die and restore the order of Heaven. The discourse between obedience and disobedience presented allows the reader to acknowledge the inner conflict of man to do what is considered ‘right’ and gain insight into ones’ own understanding of themselves.
In Milton’s famous opening passage in book one, he introduces the fundamentals of his poem highlighting his reasons, objectives and, aspirations, as well as his need for divine guidance. He alludes to the notion of the disobedience of Adam and Eve and asks his readers to fill their mind with biblical allusion of divine knowledge. Finally, he hopes this knowledge and guidance attempts to explain God’s overarching plan for the world. These ideas are evidenced through the use of the word "fruit" in the first line which is a biblical allusion to the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, which will eventually bring down Adam and Eve. It should also be...