Satan: What Lies Among Humans
In Milton’s Paradise Lost, the readers are presented the perspective side of Satan to the biblical story, Adam and Eve. Over the past centuries, there have been numerous stories about Adam and Eve, but there was never a view from the devil himself, Satan. Satan started as a confused and angry person in the beginning. As the story progressed, Satan’s character became stronger and powerful. Toward the middle of the story, Satan acted almost as a political figure; he knew when and what to say to persuade other angels to follow him. Some reader suggests that Satan is the protagonist of the story because he struggled to combat his mistrusts and weaknesses. Nonetheless this goal was evil and Adam and Eve turned out to be the pure heroes at the end of the story while they help begin to fix humankind’s evil fate. There are several reasons why Milton focused so much Satan and gave him all the good lines.
It is important to know the changes Satan progressed throughout the story. In the beginning of the story, Satan’s speeches were mostly self glorification. Satan saw himself as the most dangerous position and severely reprimanded by God. Satan saw himself as daring and smart, which was demonstrated in Book three when he fooled Uriel while disguised as a lower ranking angel. His speeches were mostly self glorification, but as the story progressed Satan’s characterization changed. He had all the emotions of a human; he had fear, anger, sadness and resentment. Satan also had the charismatic charm of a politician. For example, in book two Satan emphasized the power all the angels are capable of and how God is the enemy. As he spoke, one can see that Satan was very persuasive and knew how to obtain his goal and the other angels agreed. From lines 11-42, he not only emphasized his hatred on God, but he also asked for opinions whether or not to conduct war on heaven. This proves that he not only was a political leader, but had an open mind to everyone’s opinion. After his speech, no one volunteered to destroy Earth. Satan, being the noble one volunteered and said he would rather put himself at risk to achieve his demands. As one can see, Satan was not boring but rather the opposite. Milton portrayed Satan to be a leader with confident because he is the king of hell.
Furthermore, Milton’s goal of Satan was simple. The moral aspect of this characterization is that anyone can become Satan, and evil is something everyone can slip into, which was why Milton portrayed Satan to be human like. Milton also seemed to say that there’s a little aspect of Satan in every human by representing him as a sympathetic person, readers can fully understand that every evil person has feelings of shame, doubt, sadness etc. Satan is an example of what humans can become and also what not...