Milton's Book X of "Paradise Lost" Analytical Essay by Madame Mimi

Milton's Book X of "Paradise Lost"
An analysis of the changes that the character of Adam in the novel undergoes.
# 2243 | 1,595 words | 1 source | 2001 | US
Published on Feb 16, 2003 in Literature (English) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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An analysis of Milton's use of language in "Paradise Lost", Book X, to show Adam's processing of guilt after the fall as he moves from lamenting God's wrath to appealing to his mercy. Adam moves away from identification with Satan to identification with the Creator.

From the Paper:

"By Book X of Milton's Paradise Lost, the crime has been committed, the sentence has been passed and now the criminals must deal with the punishment. Adam and Eve are no longer residents of Paradise, they are mere human beings. They react to their punishment in very human ways. At first they are overwhelmed with guilt and agony, feeling deeply the satanic stigma of their crime against God. As they process their guilt, as earth's first humans, they invent rationalization. In order to live with the reality of how things are, they must come to terms with living with God's eternal wrath. In order to survive they must move from identification with Satan, the cause of their guilt, toward identification with the all-powerful Creator who will forever govern not only their personal fates, but those of their offspring and all their human descendants. The language which Milton puts into their mouths shows their progress along the psycho-theological matrix which moves them along the axis away from satanic guilt and toward angelic acceptance."

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