Satan And Glory Essay

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Milton’s Paradise Regained tells the story of The Son of God’s temptations by Satan. Milton takes his own version of how he imagines the biblical story. We see the temptations of Christ throughout Paradise Regained amplify in intensity and put spiritual last through Milton’s choice of order. Previously Satan has attempted to tempt The Son of God with food, turning stone to bread, even after fasting for forty days. The Son of God stood his ground and rightfully resisted even though it would not only feed him but others as well. Milton abided by the version of Luke temptations and continues next with the temptation of kingdoms. Satan in attempt to further his argument discusses the idea of ...view middle of the document...

3.114-115).” Men of all types glorify God on Earth, even those who are not loyal or good.
Satan says, “Above all sacrifice, or hallowed gift/ Glory he require, and glory he receives (PR.3.116-117)” that God is not really interested in his sacrifice that he is making or any holy or sacred gift; Satan argues that God simply wants glory. These lines are interesting as it relates to 1 Samuel 15:22 (Milton would have explicitly known details of the King James V Bible and contemporary Miltonic audiences would have as well) “Take obedience over your own intentions, desires, wants or even fame and not because He will reward you for it but because He is worthy” Satan offers that sacrifice is more important than obedience which is directly argued through Samuel. The Son of God knows this and he is obedient by resisting the temptations.
In attempt to persuade The Son of God, Satan offers that by even disobeying God, he is still glorifying God. “Glory he receives/ Promiscuous from all nations, Jews, or Greek, / Or barbarous, nor exception hath declared (PR.3.117-119),” God receives glory from all, even those who immoral or disobeying. The word “us” that Satan uses in the final line of his plea, forces a parallel between The Son of God and Satan. Satan aligns The Son of God to a foe, and even as a foe, he would still be glorifying God in the end.
The Son of God’s negations against Satan are strong declaring that God is omniscient and...

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