Satan Essay

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satan



How does john Milton make Satan the most appealing and compelling character within the
poem Paradise Lost. Offer your very own explanation for this “fascination” with the
devil. Can you parallel Handels’ music Messiah with Miltons’ poetry Paradise Lost? And,
how might the music and poetry be aligned to the visual graphic art of Rembrandt?

- John Milton, Paradise Lost, (reading #4.7)
- Rembrandt van Rijn, The Hundred-Guilder, (fig#21.6)
- G.F. Handel, The Messiah, (cassette II selection 3)
In the poem Paradise Lost, John Milton makes Satan appealing and compelling simply by
describing him. In his introduction of Satan, Milton says “His mighty stature; on each
hand the flames Driv’n backward slope their pointing spires, and rolled In billows, leave
I’ th’ midst a horrid vale”. That little excerpt about Satan is enough for him to appeal
to the reader. In the poem John Milton makes Satan out to be bigger than God when he said
the almighty was envious of Satan. I feel that John Milton did not have a fascination
with Satan, but he used Satan as a metaphor for his puritan conception of evil in the
world. By John Milton being a protestant there is no way that he would write an epic poem
and it not have some ties to religion.

In the Oratorio, Samson, G.F. Handel like the greats John Milton, and Rembrandt he brought
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