"Paradise Lost" Analytical Essay by The Research Group

"Paradise Lost"
An examination of the significance and moral development of the role of Eve before and after the Fall, in relation to Satan and Adam.
# 20415 | 1,575 words | 6 sources | 1993 | US
Published on Mar 20, 2003 in Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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"The epic poem Paradise Lost was written by Milton to justify the ways of God to man, yet the "hero" of the piece is considered to be Satan, the most powerful figure in the poem and the central intelligence for most of it. Adam and Eve are pawns in his challenge to the power of God, and the subject of the Fall is a central issue in the poem. Eve has long been considered the dupe whom Satan seduced into eating of the tree of knowledge in direct contravention of God's orders, and this original sin would doom their ancestors to death and to expiation for that sin for all time. Yet, it is possible still to see Eve as one of the major ethical protagonists in the poem even though she succumbs to this particular moral lapse, and an examination of her role can be one way to approach the poem and explicate its meaning.

The elevation of Satan to the position of hero creates a..."

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