John Milton and Divorce Book Review

John Milton and Divorce
An analysis of the theme of divorce in John Milton's "Samsonite Agonistes", "Paradise Lost" and "The Divorce Doctrine".
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Published on Mar 07, 2010 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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This paper discusses how John Milton uses his "Doctrine on Divorce" as grounds to defend his own issues with marriage and justify the necessity of divorce in certain situations. Milton outlines what he believed the proper relationship between a man and a woman should be and supported the decision of divorce to men who felt their wives did not meet these standards. The paper also examines how Milton used two of his most famous works, "Samson Agonistes" and "Paradise Lost" to provide two very different views of marriage. The paper specifically looks at how, through a pre-fallen Adam and Eve, Milton depicts an ideal marriage and how through the tragic relationship between Samson and Dalila Milton provides an example of the salvation that can be reached through divorce.

From the Paper:

"In Milton's Doctrine of Divorce, he implements proper reasons to get married into his argument for the sanctity of divorce. Milton uses the ideal relationship he depicts in Adam and Eve before the fall, as justifications for adhering to the guidelines Milton creates for the proper reasons to wed. Through his depiction of Adam and Eve as an ideal couple whose relationship happened to begin in direct accordance with the reasons he outlines in his doctrine, Milton successfully justifies his theory on marriage and divorce. According to Milton's divorce tracts, the main purpose of marriage is "the apt and cheerful conversation of man with woman, to comfort and refresh him against the evil of solitary life." (SITE) In Paradise Lost Milton shows that marriage for this purpose creates the base for an ideal relationship. Before Eve's creation, Adam was alone in Eden and wanted a companion to cure his loneliness. Therefore God took a rib from Adam to create his companion Eve."

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