This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Miltons Paradise Lost Essay

852 words - 3 pages

One often reads a book or watches a movie and finds a specific meaning behind the whole story, a moral. After watching American Beauty it is easy to see a resemblance in the characters to that of Paradise Lost. In this way you could say that by reading Paradise Lost the characters in American Beauty could have related and changed the way they handled their situations. In particular, Lester Burnham could have saved his life if he had only read Paradise Lost.Today society is constructed around the notion that happiness is found through material success: a rewarding big-money job, a nice house in a quiet neighborhood, a fancy car, and a great spouse. American Beauty's Lester Burnham, on the surface, seems to have it all. In reality he is rapidly beginning to realize that his lifestyle has left him without a soul. Burnham is an advertising writer who finds his job unbearable, his wife frigid, his teenage daughter a stranger, his life in general intolerable. While masturbating in the shower one morning, Lester declares this event to be as good as it gets all day.So he takes a fall. Lester Burnham complicates his life further when he becomes infatuated with his daughter's best friend. After seeing this young girl at a basketball game, Lester succumbs to his delusion of a new and improved life. What he does not realize is that his motivation for this change is superficial, rather than earnest. Lester quits his job, gets a job in a fast food drive-through, buys drugs from his neighbor's son, and buys a sports car he has wanted for years. Lester's reaction to his unhappy life causes dismay to the lives of those around him, which ultimately causes his death. All of this may have been avoided if he had only read and understood the central themes of Paradise Lost.One of the most obvious connections to Paradise Lost is Lester Burnham's resemblance to Satan. Lester realizes that he is miserable, and begins to question the direction his life is taking. After a while, Lester's judgement becomes clouded and all hell breaks loose. The way he handles his situation is based on irrationality and poor judgement. Lester starts to think with his naughty bits instead of using reason, completely ignoring the fact that he is acting like an immature child. All of his actions can be compared to the way that Satan acts in Paradise Lost. Like Lester, Satan questions his actions...

Find Another Essay On Miltons paradise lost

Satan in Paradaise Lost and Dante's Inferno

1738 words - 7 pages /2012/11/satan-in-miltons-paradise-lost-and.html>. Matt Corsetti provides a great insight to the neosis of Satan and his influence on Satan. I intend to reference to Corsetti's ideas and expand upon them. "Dante's Inferno vs. Milton's Paradise Lost." StudyMode.com. StudyMode.com, 02 2011. Web. 02 2011. . Hkerihuel provides a very interesting look at Hell and how Milton's impact creates the need for a Devil. I intend to use this a reference to hell in

Henry Fuseli: Adam and Eve Essay

1461 words - 6 pages -19) Adam and Eve (1796-99) is an image he painted from the works of John Milton’s Paradise Lost. This particular image is painted from the passage “Under a tuft of shade that on a green Stood whisp'ring soft, by a fresh fountain side They sat them down. Nor gentle purpose, nor endearing smiles Wanted, nor youthful dalliance as beseems Fair couple, link'd in happy nuptial league, Alone as they aside the ' Spirit' tunVd For envy, yet with jealous

When the Bubble Burst

1539 words - 6 pages By the time I arrived state side from my second tour in the Middle East the housing bubble had already burst. I noticed a drastic change in the way that many of my friends and family were living. Several of my friends that worked in real estate had sold their boats and seconds houses. My own stock portfolio had lost a third of its value. My sister and her husband had defaulted on their home mortgage leaving them scrambling for a place to live. I

phase diagram

4456 words - 18 pages Naphthalene to the Durene sample. The group followed the provided tables when creating the mixtures for each run. While the lab procedure called for the experiment to take two weeks the group completed the experiment in one lab period. The group then proceeded to export its data to a flash drive from the GLX. However, after exporting only three trials, the GLX froze and would no longer operate. All of the group’s data was lost, and the group

Revolutionary Work of Art

1890 words - 8 pages Walter Benjamin emphasizes in his essay, “The Work of Art in the Age of its Technological Reproducibility” that technology used to make an artwork has changed the way it was received, and its “aura”. Aura represents the originality and authenticity of a work of art that has not been reproduced. The Sistine Chapel in the Vatican is an example of a work that has been and truly a beacon of art. It has brought a benefit and enlightenment to the art

Enlightenment Thought in New Zealand Schools

1594 words - 6 pages In this essay I will be looking at how the political and intellectual ideas of the enlightenment have shaped New Zealand Education. I will also be discussing the perennial tension of local control versus central control of education, and how this has been affected by the political and intellectual ideas of the enlightenment. The enlightenment was an intellectual movement, which beginnings of were marked by the Glorious Revolution in Britain

Psychological Egoism Theory

2240 words - 9 pages The theory of psychological egoism is indeed plausible. The meaning of plausible in the context of this paper refers to the validity or the conceivability of the theory in question, to explain the nature and motivation of human behavior (Hinman, 2007). Human actions are motivated by the satisfaction obtained after completing a task that they are involved in. For example, Mother Teresa was satisfied by her benevolent actions and

How Celtic Folkore has Influenced My Family

1587 words - 6 pages Every family has a unique background that influences the way they live and interact with other people. My parents, who emigrated from Ireland to the States with my three brothers in 1989, brought over their own Celtic folklore and traditions that have helped shaped the way our family operates and lives. One aspect of folklore that has helped shape my family dynamic is the Celtic cross—both its background and what role it has played in our lives

Julia Margaret Cameron

1406 words - 6 pages At a time when women were looked upon as being homemakers, wives, mothers and such the late 1850's presented a change in pace for one woman in specific. Photography was discovered in 1826 and soon after the phenomenon of photography was being experimented with and in turn brought new and different ways of photo taking not only as documenting real time, but also conceptualizing a scene in which an image would be taken. Julia Margaret Cameron will

Evaluation of School Improvement

1403 words - 6 pages The evaluation process should be progressive to incorporate overall planning, implement changes, which contribute to success. In order to focus on school climate and norms, the evaluation design must include the students, instructions, and outcomes to improve communication and building-level concerns to be address in this response. School Climate and Social Norms The school principal, other staff leaders, and personnel set the tone and the

Case Study: The Benefits of Animal Testing

1757 words - 7 pages Nine year old Amy has already had a rough start in life. She was born with an abnormal heart that hinders her everyday activities. Amy is unable to keep up with kids her own age because she often tires out easily. As a consequence, she has very little friends and is often alone. Amy is forced to take different medications everyday just to survive. Amy’s life consists of medicine, doctors, and constant hospital visits. However, Amy is due for a

Similar Essays

John Miltons Paradise Lost Essay

2139 words - 9 pages John Miltons Paradise Lost John Milton’s Paradise Lost is a religious work, and is in many ways an autobiography of Milton’s own life. John Milton was raised catholic and converted to Protestantism. Later in life he became a Calvinist. His strong Calvinists beliefs can be seen throughout Paradise Lost. It was Milton’s desire to be a great poet, but he did not believe that was his purpose in life. He believed that he had been put here

Packet Seven Essay

978 words - 4 pages Feb. 2014. . Milton's Paradise Lost - a Justification of God. HubPages, 4 Nov. 2009. Web. 24 Feb. 2014. . Milton's Theodicy in Paradise Lost. National Capital Freenet, Mar. 2002. Web. 25 Feb. 2014. .

True Theodicy Within John Milton Essay

1305 words - 5 pages experiment” why punish them for something that is barely even there fault. Give them one break. So I really don’t think the way it is described in PL works for me. Works Cited Chang, Anna. "A note on Milton’s theodicy in Paradise Lost." MLa Commons. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Feb. 2014. . Copland, Rasheed. "The Fall of the Human Race." A Rock of Offence. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Feb. 2014

Innocence Or Freewill? (A Critique Of Milton’s Theodicy Using Paradise Lost)

1415 words - 6 pages which would have resulted, had the Fall not occurred. He appears to confirm the idea of the ‘happy fall’, or ‘felix culpa’, which suggests predestination rather than free will. (Morbey) Although they were in the wrong and sinned, humans would not be the creatures we are today. Works Cited Christensen, Robert. "Milton's Paradise Lost- A Justification of God." Hub Pages. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2014.