Adam in Milton's "Paradise Lost" Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Adam in Milton's "Paradise Lost"
An analysis of the character of Adam in Milton's "Paradise Lost".
# 43277 | 1,400 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 23, 2003 in Literature (American)

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This paper analyzes Adam in Milton's "Paradise Lost", taking care to explain his structural and/or thematic function in the work as a whole. The paper demonstrates how "Paradise Lost" is as much an expression of Milton's own political, religious and philosophical views as it is a timeless universal epic

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"The epic poem Paradise Lost, tells the tale "Of mans first disobedience" (Paradise Lost-Book 1, verse1). Milton portrays the fall of humanity through Adam and Eve. He attributes the character of Satan with the credit for this immoral act otherwise known as the Original Sin (daniel). Satan's ability to lull not only humans but also angels of heaven into his deep dark hell is one of the many talents shown in the writing. Milton's primary motive is portrayed through the character of Satan; revealing how simple it is for mankind to be influenced by temptation.
"The clue to Adam's character is his relationship to Eve. It ought to be his relationship to God, but it isn't--and that fact causes Adam's fall. Adam has to argue with God to get Eve (although it is only a mate he seeks at that point). When he sees her he falls so deeply in love with her that everything good seems embodied in her(lieb). He knows that Eve is not as close to God as he is, and he realizes that it is her beauty that he worships. Love is supreme and love "leads up to Heaven."
"It is for love and for Eve that Adam eats the apple. As soon as he sees her with a branch from the Tree of Knowledge in her hand, he knows what has happened, as she does not. In his soliloquy, he makes his decision (lieb): "for with thee certain my resolution is to die; How can I live without thee?"(IX, 906-908)"

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