Satan is physically becoming less and less of the great angel he was at the beginning of the epic. Although non-traditional, one can determine that Satan is the epic hero because of textual evidence found in all twelve books of Paradise Lost. This enrages Satan, and he becomes huge and terrible in appearance. At the same time, they made war more impersonal. Introduction Modern criticism of Paradise Lost has taken many different views of Milton's ideas in the poem.
God has basically promised them that everything's going to be hunky-dory unless they try to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. From the standpoint of fictional drama, a reader may be correct in faulting God for the fall of Adam and Eve. He wrote it by basically dictating it to his daughters because he couldn't see. This work displays Milton 's genius because he wrote this epic after he became blind, yet he is very deliberate and crafty the way he develops the characters and the plot. God, being God, was by definition superior to every other thing in the universe and should always be obeyed.
The only gate is on the other side the eastern side ; he decides to just jump clear over it, like a wolf or a thief. The battle ensues with a tremendous din. Enraged by this threat, Satan prepares to fight him. It appears to consist, mostly, of trimming a few bushes, looking into each other's eyes, and praising God and his creation. In the same way that Eden is ordered, not prone to radical bursts of natural cataclysms or even variable weather but maintaining a steady growth under God's rule, man himself should order his passions with reason and keep them steady under God's eyes. Their choosing the road to redemption helps to show the good of the story verses the evil.
Uriel watches him from a distance and seeing the change, recognizes it as a sign of an evil. A beautiful description of twilight and evening ensues. The worldview of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Restoration was that all of creation was arranged in various hierarchies. It also shows the fall of Lucifer and his entrapment in Hell with other arch demons. Eve finishes her speech and she and Adam embrace and kiss. As the Bible says, the one sin that cannot be forgiven is despairing of forgiveness; if one cannot even ask for mercy, it cannot be granted. She hears a voice explaining to her that she was made out of Adam, and with him she will become the mother of the human race.
Milton actually gives a rather poetic technical description of how the cannon works. Satan braves the Abyss and Chaos outside of Hell. He continues to watch them, and the man, Adam, speaks. He comes up to Earth, and he enters the Garden of Eden, turning himself into a serpent which might be familiar from the Adam and Eve story. Lesson Summary There's no easy answers here - there really aren't. Most of his fallen angels originate in the form of Pagan gods condemned by the Bible, with actual historical backgrounds which Milton cites in his lengthy descriptions. At the age 13, Milton began his formal education and was even tutored at home.
Christians believe that when Christ was resurrected on the third day, raised from the dead, he defeated death. The crucial moment in the poem results from disobedience and a breakdown of hierarchy. He leaves proudly and is allowed to fly back to heaven. Milton is able to take those representations and present them to the reader in a way that makes it easy for them to understand. Ingrate, he had of me All he could have; I made him just and right, Sufficient to have stood, though free to fall. In short, the lines mean that God created the Tree of life because he regarded Adam and Eve as royalty, and wanted both to have the necessary sense they need whereas the Tree of Knowledge brings death. Satan gradually degrades himself by the sequence of different shapes he takes on.
Satan's part of Paradise Lost is structured like a Homeric struggle against powerful forces - first God, then the Abyss and Chaos - and he eventually loses, valiantly maybe. God finds out about their disobedience and sends his son to handle their punishment. Eternal Providence Milton's theme in Paradise Lost, however, does not end with the idea of disobedience. In his 17th century view of the cosmos, Heaven exists above, Earth below, and Hell and Chaos below that. If the Father has given them a rule to follow, then they might be persuaded to break it. Introduction Of all the work that English poet John Milton - he's also other things, not just a poet - has done, Paradise Lost is kind of the big kahuna of his work.
So that's how it ends. Even though God shows mercy in sending his Son to redeem humanity and bring good out of the Fall, he still causes endless misery for the sake of one piece of fruit, and he shows no mercy at all in punishing Satan. But many critics - especially Romantic poets, like William Blake, see that Milton's methods were at odd with his plot. He could have loved them, but now, his damnation will be revenged through their destruction. Soon, he'll drag them so he thinks to Hell. On the one hand, he felt that he could best serve by following his vocation as a poet.
Adam and Eve work together as a unit to achieve the rules put forth by God, and they each have their own perspectives and roles in their partnership. This is in direct contrast with our current idea and opinion of Satan as the leading nominal of evil and darkness. Dwelt from Eternitie, dwelt then in thee, Bright effluence of bright essence increate. We don't rebel, but of course we feel sympathy for the one that does because we understand what he's feeling. Milton uses his poem to state some of his theological beliefs and his personal reflections. The voice then told Eve to leave her reflection, and she obeyed. At this point there are only two options for Adam and Eve, Obey or Disobey.