Paradise Lost Who Dunnit Essay

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Written at the heart of the Enlightenment John Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Lost, illustrates some of the impacts that the key principles of the controversial time. Paradise Lost, unlike the King James Bible, shows logical thinking, complexity, and true love in Adam and Eve. This gives the reader more of an idea of how he tries to justify God’s ways to men. In doing this John Milton shows the reader that Adam and Eve should be held most responsible for the fall of mankind, because God created them able to resist temptation yet free to make their own decisions.
Man is at fault for their own fall because they were given the ability to make their own choices. God shows us this not only through ...view middle of the document...

God sees that man will fall because he gave them free will. However without free will man would not be able to feel genuine love of divine faith. In book three when the quote below happens, In heaven God is watching all the events in Hell with his son at his side. He sees Satan flying to earth where the parents of mankind. Simultaneously he sees past, present, and future. He comes to know that man will fall at their own fault. Then he says:
“Whose fault? Whose but his own?
Ingrate! He had of Me All he could have;
I made him just and right,
Sufficient to have stood, though free to fall" (III.95-9)
As stated in the above quote God gave Adam and Eve enough willpower to resist Satan’s temptations. Nonetheless he didn’t give them enough so that they were inviolable to it. This tells us that God believed that Adam and Eve could resist and stay in Eden and lead perfect innocent lives without the pain and suffering of living outside the gates of Eden. Furthermore Adam and Eve, not God, should be held most responsible.
Although God believed that Adam and Eve could resist temptation due to free will there was no conceivable way for him to stop the inevitable because of it. Free will is one of God’s greatest and most regretted creations. Although he has the power of foreknowledge there is no way he can undo what he has already done. In this scene God omniscience lets him know right away that Adam and Eve have eaten from the tree of knowledge. Gabriel and the other angles also know and fly back to Heaven. The angels tell God they did everything that they could to prevent satan from entering the garden, but they were deceived. God clears the angles of any guilt. He tells them that:
"No Decree of mine
Concurring to necessitate his Fall,
Or touch with lightest moment of impulse
His free Will, to her own inclining left
In even scale" (X.43-7)
In this scene God tells us that no action of his could...

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