Satan's Human Characteristics in "Paradise Lost" Analytical Essay by Fox Traught

Satan's Human Characteristics in "Paradise Lost"
A study of Satan's characteristics in "Paradise Lost" by Milton, focusing on Book Four.
# 56150 | 730 words | 0 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Feb 13, 2005 in English (Argument) , English (Analysis) , English (Persuasive Writing)

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This paper presents an explanation of how John Milton makes Satan seem human-like in his work, "Paradise Lost". Satan is shown to have feelings and regret. He also plays with the idea of trying to overthrow God by waging war and realizes that is not an option. Finally, Milton shows how Satan feels pain and even tries to repent. The paper focuses on Book Four of "Paradise Lost" and contains quotes from the book.

From the Paper:

"In of Paradise Lost, Milton illustrates Satan as the sympathetic character. He reveals feelings of guilt, despair, jealousy and regret. The reader identifies with these feelings and understands Satan's actions. This new insight into his character is presented at the opening of book Four: "By change of pace, now conscience wakes despair. That slumbered wakes the bitter memory of what he was, what is and what must be.""

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