Essay on Analysis Of Milton 's Paradise Lost

913 Words Apr 18th, 2016 4 Pages
In the first book of Milton’s Paradise Lost, he describes evil’s violent and elusive nature. Satan has been recently sent to Hell, a place that is the epitome of the character of Evil. Taking in the atmosphere he says, “As one great Furnace flam’d, yet from those flames/No light, but rather darkness visible” (I. 37-48). The portrayal of Hell as a lightless fire showcases its violent nature. The word “fire” serves as an indicator of evil’s anger, intense, and powerful nature. Labeling the fire as lightless relieves all of the positive connotations that can be associated. Furthermore, Milton also reveals evil’s presence when describing its status as an outcast. He says, “All hope excluded thus, behold instead/Of us out-cast, exil’d, his new delight,/Mankind created, and for him this World” (IV. 105-107). As Satan is exiled from Heaven, his status as an outsider is cemented. God’s punishment for the fallen angel fortifies him to a life of reclusion and withdrawal, the likeness in which evil continues to grow. The detachment creates an environment for Satan to stew in his vengeful state. Evil acts associate with the feeling of perceived wrongs. Therefore, as Lucifer is shunned from Heaven, his power and strength are only useful for his retribution. The character of evil is not powerful, clever, or precise without a motive. In Milton’s second book, while describing some of the deadly sins he says, “Moloch…the strongest and the fiercest Spirit/That fought in Heav’n; now fiercer…

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