Heather R. George
Professor Paige Sasser
May 28, 2014
Literary Analysis Essay
John Milton's Paradise Lost is a configuration of the biblical interpretations in Genesis written in the 17th Century. In many ways this story is like the story of Adam and Eve in the Bible; although some aspects are significantly different. Some may try and argue that this poem is about Satan wanting revenge on God; however it shows a beautiful explanation of the love Satan has for God and his creations.
The site of Milton’s epic poem comprises Heaven, Hell, primeval Chaos, and earth. We first get an insight on Satan being a fallen angel from Heaven. He regretfully is banished from the Heavens and sent to Hell.
“The prime cause of his fall, the Serpent, or rather Satan in the Serpent; who revolting from God, and drawing to his side many legions of angels, was by his command of God driven out of Heaven with all his crew into the great deep” (Greenblatt, et al. 725).
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He descends from Hell and approaches the guardian angel, Uriel, disguised and requests directions to the Garden of Eden to behold Gods precious construction. When he arrives at the Garden of Eden he becomes enchanted by the miraculous beauty and perfection that is before him. He proceeds to broadcast the remarkable scenery he views when entering into the Paradise Land.
“So on he fares, and to the border comes of Eden, where delicious Paradise, now nearer, crowns with her enclosure green... of goodliest trees loaden with the fairest fruit, blossoms and fruits at once with golden hue… vernal delight and joy, able to drive all sadness but despair…” (781).
This depiction pronounces the unbelievable beauty that each ounce of nature portrays in the wondrous Garden of Eden. We can since a longing for God’s grace on him to be a piece of his generous beauty, love, and masterpiece.
John Milton’s verses display an odd connection between Adam and Eve to Satan. “Saw undelighted all delight, all kind of living creatures new to sight and strange: two of far nobler shape erect and tall, Godlike erect with native honor clad…” (785). His use of the term God-like erect signifies the profound excellence of that which is God. When the devil first cast eyes on God’s human design he relays thoughts on the possibility of loving and cherishing them because of their unmistaken perfection. “Creatures of other mold, earth born perhaps, Not spirits, yet to heavenly spirits bright little inferior whom my thoughts pursue with wonder, and could love…” (786). Here is it overwhelmingly stated not only of his admiration for the Lord and his creation but also the sign of repentance for his actions and his thoughts.
Throughout these passages it is clearly stated that Satan understands God’s power and glory. He admits his love for him and his creation. Satan also recollects his yearning to be more like him and to persuade himself he can craft a Haven like Heaven in Hell; hence displaying the undeniable absence of Heavens wonders. It is moderately easy to sympathize with Satan by wanting his compassion and to be in his/God’s reign of grandeur again.
Stillinger, Jack, Deidre Lynch, Stephen Greenblatt, and M. H. Abrams. "Paradise Lost." The Norton Anthology of English Literature. New York, NY: W.W. Norton, 2006. 723-852. Print.