Paradise Lost’s Satan And The Grand Inquisitor's Evil

912 words - 4 pages

Evil’s origin begins with Adam and Eve using their special gift, free will, to commit the first sin. They sinned because they were tempted from the free will to choose between following or disobeying God’s orders. Paradise Lost is an epic written by John Milton that describes the fallen angel Satan and the fall of man. The Grand Inquisitor by Fyodor Dostoevsky is about an archbishop who talks with Jesus and wants to burn him as a heretic. Paradise Lost and The Grand Inquisitor both discuss free will and the stories of two benevolent characters that use their free will to choose evil. In Paradise Lost and The Grand Inquisitor, the main characters Satan and the Grand Inquisitor are evil because they use free will to choose evil over good.
Satan and the Grand Inquisitor at first follow the path of righteousness before they became poisoned with evil. They are both supporters that were deeply pledged to God in similar ways. Satan was an important angel as described by the dialogue between Archangel Raphael and Adam.
“Satan, so call him now, his former name
Is hear no more in Heav’n; he of the first,
If not the first Arch-Angel, great in Power,
In favour and preeminence,” (Milton, 658-661, Book V)
By being one of God’s most illustrious angels, Satan proves his devotion towards God by serving him. He is so zealous that he desires to be God’s only second in command. Similarly, Satan’s dedication to God is like the Grand Inquisitor’s. The Grand Inquisitor served God as a follower and preacher of his word. “It’s long— eight centuries— since we have been on his side and not on Thine” (Dostoevsky, 238) The Grand Inquisitor, like the Church’s predecessors, followed God’s word and Jesus for a long time before they abandoned God and Jesus to follow Satan. The Grand Inquisitor spent an enormous amount of time during his life choosing obedience towards God. His perseverance to serve God’s word makes him very similar to Satan. Both Satan and the Grand Inquisitor brandished how they were virtuous supporters.
Once benevolent beings, Satan and the Grand Inquisitor soon turns toward evil. Satan and the Grand Inquisitor’s plight from good to evil begin with their desire for power. In the case with Satan, he desires to overthrow God’s kingdom and make it his own. Satan is prideful and ambitious and decides to attempt overthrowing God.
“If he opposed; and with ambitious aim
against the throne and monarchy of God,
raised impious war in Heaven and battle proud.” (Milton, 41-43, Book I).
By defying God, Satan conveys a message that says he wants God’s throne. His desire for power turns him into an evil...

Find Another Essay On Paradise Lost’s Satan and The Grand Inquisitor's Evil

Satan, the Core of Milton´s Paradise Lost

1621 words - 6 pages The great debate whether Satan is the hero of Milton’s Epic Poem, Paradise Lost, has been speculated for hundreds of years. Milton, a writer devoted to theology and the appraisal of God, may not have intended for his portrayal of Satan to be marked as heroic. Yet, this argument is valid and shares just how remarkable the study of literature can be. Milton wrote his tale of the fall of man in the 1674. His masterpiece is an example of how ideas

An essay on Milton's "Paradise Lost" stating that although the character of Satan follows some of Aristotle's definitions of a tragic hero, he is not

1897 words - 8 pages In Milton's Paradise Lost, he writes the story of the fall of Satan, his followers, and mankind. Many critics often view Satan as the unlikely or tragic hero of the epic poem. Satan is, obviously, the main character throughout most of the poem, but not necessarily the hero. Satan's main purpose is to fight G-d, and try to be on the same level as Him. The important thing is to realize that Satan is sin, and being humans, who are all born into sin

How Evil And Good Is Portrayed In "Paradise Lost" By John Milton

1258 words - 6 pages the building as it mocks any sentiment of goodness while at the same time exhibiting the evil within. In terms of evil and detail, Satan's subordinates are presented in much the same way as himself.Humanity falls in the Garden of Eden because evil eventually conquers good. Because evil defeats good in Paradise Lost it must be treated with more emphasis. When the fall of humankind is being described in Book nine, Satan is no longer described as a

A Comparison of Kate Chopin's The Awakening and Grand Isle

1504 words - 6 pages A Comparison of Kate Chopin's The Awakening and Grand Isle       Grand Isle is the movie adaptation of Kate Chopin's 1889 novel, The Awakening. Turner Network Television (TNT) made the movie in 1991, and it stars Kelly McGillis as Edna Pontellier and Adrian Pasdar as Robert Lebrun. To say that this movie is based, even loosely, on The Awakening is an insult to Kate Chopin's colorful literary work. A reviewer from People Weekly calls it a

Big ‘D’evelopment and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

3046 words - 12 pages many of the IMF’s recommendations and seek funding from alternative sources, such as China, to pursue massive infrastructure development within Ethiopia (Giorgis 2013). In this paper, I will discuss the controversy surrounding one of these development projects, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, and how it has shaped – or has been shaped by – inequality. Located in the Benishangul-Gumuz Region of Ethiopia, the GERD is forty kilometers east of

The Brilliant and Evil Hitler

1118 words - 4 pages The Brilliant and Evil Hitler   Hitler was both brilliant and evil. He won the following of nearly all German people, and brought a desperate country out of poverty and post-war dissolution. It was not by virtue that Hitler accomplished these things. Instead, it was through evil planning, mass rallies, emotional appeal to a vulnerable population, stirring military displays, and the eventual extermination of millions of innocent

Powerful Women of The Faerie Queene and Paradise Lost

1229 words - 5 pages first connection to true evil is the monster's shape, "halfe like a serpent horribly displaide, / But th'other halfe did woman's shape retaine.(124)" The idea of a serpent reminds us of Satan disguised as a serpent in Eden, causing the fall of Adam (the knight) and eve (Una). Unlike the serpent in Eden, however, Error is unsuccessful.   Wishing to remain in darkness, "where plaine none might her see, nor she see any plaine,(144) she is

The Problem of Evil and Suffering

1916 words - 8 pages given freewill.* God told humans not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden.* Humans were tempted by the serpent (Devil/Satan) to disobey God and as result they ate the forbidden fruit.* When 'their eyes were opened' relationships between God, humanity and the world changed forever.* God cursed the serpent, the woman and the ground as a result of their disobedience (Genesis 3:14-19).* Adam and Eve were cast out

God And The Problem Of Evil

1254 words - 5 pages evil depends on why we believe the world was created. If man is a fully created creature then the world was created for him to live in, a comfortable, pleasant place. Our world is obviously filled with suffering, danger, hardship of all kinds, so an all-powerful God could not have created it. To Christians the world is not a paradise where one can experience the maximum of pleasure and a minimum of pain. The world is a place of “soul making” or

On the Battlefield with Good and Evil

737 words - 3 pages As a kid I always loved going to the movies and seeing Spiderman, Batman, or Superman kicking the bad guys’ butts’ on the big screen. It seems movies these days always have the same overarching theme though good vs. evil. Even those super girly princess movies have aspects of good and evil. Take The Little Mermaid, for example, there is the protagonist, Ariel, and the antagonist, Ursula, and just like in all of the other movies, the

The reality of good and evil

2401 words - 10 pages Before I start this essay, lets take a minute to review the definition of good and evil. What is good and what is evil? Good by definition is a cause of action that we do something that will benefits others let's say by helping them in their time of need. Where else evil can be considered a cause of action when we have cruel intentions for others and make them suffer.There are certain considerations and experience in our life that will lead us

Similar Essays

The 1st Temptation Of Jesus As Used To Defend The Inquisitor's Argument In Dostoevsky.Freedom Vs Bread Supported By Marxism The Institutional Church The Grand Inquisitor And The Church

1792 words - 7 pages Throughout the ages man has given up freedom for the earthly and essential bread of life. Man is given freedom through grace but this does not fulfill their hunger and thus they will gladly give it up for bread. This is clearly evident in people's following of Marxism, Dostoevsky's Grand Inquisitor, and even the institutional church itself.Marxism began as a philosophy called dialectal materialism .This philosophy is based among other things on

The Role Of Satan In Dante's Inferno And Specifically In Paradise Lost

2432 words - 10 pages itself and will never be capable of escaping it. Those who have this opinion think Satan is and always has been the ultimate manifestation of evil and danger toward humankind, that the danger Satan proposes is overwhelmingly treacherous, and very much tangible and present as it is a temptation the reader confronts daily. Milton’s portrayal of Satan provokes reactions that arise from religious and moral values. In lines 262-263 of Paradise Lost’s Book

The Fallen Archangel: Defeated By Pride And Revenge Analysis Of Satan In Milton's Paradise Lost

828 words - 3 pages Children believe Satan to be a small red devil-creature, with horns and a pitchfork. He is simply characterized as "evil" and the exact opposite of God. John Milton, however, had a different idea of what Satan was like, why he was who he was, and what might have happened to him. Milton, through his epic literary piece, Paradise Lost, characterizes Satan as a beautiful misfortune, a fallen pride, and a revengeful adversary to the Ruler of Heaven

Comparing The View Of Satan In Milton's Paradise Lost With Contemporary Views Of Satan

1100 words - 4 pages Comparing the View of Satan in Milton's Paradise Lost with Contemporary Views of Satan In Milton's classic epic poem Paradise Lost the reader gains a judicious and even controversial vision of Satan as the protagonist of the epic. This is in direct contrast with our current idea and opinion of Satan as the leading nominal of evil and darkness. In Milton's Paradise Lost the Prince of Darkness is our hero. Perhaps not in the true sense