Paeadise lost Essay

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paeadise lost






In John Milton’s Paradise Lost, we can see that there are the two ideas damnation
and salvation through the characters of Satan and Adam & Eve, respectively. It is
Satan’s sin of pride that first causes him to fall from God’s grace and into
the depths of hell. This same pride is also what keeps him from being able to be
reconciled to God, and instead, leads him to buy into his own idea of saving himself. With
Adam & Eve, we see that although they too, disobeyed God, they repented of their sin, and
were reconciled to the Divinity through the saving judgement of the Son. It is their
ability to admit their wrong doings to God that allow them to have the promise of
returning to Paradise; something that Satan was not able to do.

In the fourth book in Paradise Lost, we see Satan wrestling with himself over what has
happened, his fall, and what it is he is about to do, his completely setting himself
against God. He is able to recognize that God’s forgiving nature extends even to
himself, "I could repent and could obtain By Act of Grace, my former state", and is if
only for a moment, unsure as to "which way I shall fly"? However, Satan knowingly chooses
to cling to his foolish pride, and is unwilling to ask and receive the forgiveness of God,
"is there no place left for repentance… none left… disdain forbids me". It is
important to understand that Satan fully comprehends the sin he is about to commit as he
is well aware of the consequences for his actions. He allows his pride to completely
remove him from ever regaining his "former state", and so damns himself and the other
fallen angels to the hell set aside for them. This idea of his last and lost chance to
reconcile himself to the Divinity is seen when he declares "So farewell Hope…
Farewell Remorse: all Good to me is lost". This demonstrates his complete sense of
despair, and thereby, his complete rejection of both God and His love.

When we look at Adam & Eve, we see what might be considered tragic "heroes" in the sense
that they also knowingly doom themselves to be removed from Paradise, and subjected to the
harsh, new world as well as death, and yet persevere with the hope for a better future.
What makes their act of sin almost tragic in a way as compared to Satan, is that
Satan’s act was meant out of spite and hate for the Divinity by destroying in one
day that which took Him six days to create- another sign of Satan’s pride. Neither
Adam nor Eve intended on for anything such as this to occur, but instead hoped to achieve
a greater state of understanding and being, as was the case with Eve, and out of love for
another as with Adam.

Satan realized that he would not be able to catch both man & woman together, so tempted
Eve when she was alone, relating to her in a way very similar to his own fall from grace.
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