Good versus Evil in "Paradise Lost"
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This paper offers a review of John Milton's poem "Paradise Lost," focusing on the theme of good and evil. The paper asserts that these concepts cannot be examined without looking at the characters of Adam and Eve, because they represent the delicate nature of humanity. The struggle between good and evil would lose momentum if there were no humans involved in the tale, the paper claims, because readers can relate to them as flawed, mortal beings. The paper also notes that characterization is a significant tool in representing good and evil because the characters are extreme illustrations. God, the Son, and Satan are the obvious characters that represent good and evil, the paper adds, and their characters are more difficult to grasp because they are not of this world and possess superhuman qualities that we see only in the movies. They are certainly admirable but again, we cannot relate to them in the same way that we can relate to characters that have flaws. The author sees the angels are significant because they appear to be somewhere in between the heavenly and earthly realm. The paper concludes that Milton's poem provides a framework to which we can apply the concepts of good and evil, and gain greater understanding in a world that needs clarity and direction.
From the Paper:"Characterization is a significant tool in representing good and evil because the characters are extreme illustrations. The character of God symbolizes good and he is the most commanding character we encounter. This character follows all of the typical beliefs regarding God including omniscience and strength. God is the creator of all and, more than anything, he is benevolent. We can see the depth of his goodness when he describes how he formed Adam and Eve complete with free will:"
Sample of Sources Used:
- Abrams, M. H. The Norton Anthology of English Literature. New York: W. W. Norton and Company. 1986.
- Milton, John. "Paradise Lost." The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Abrams, M. H. ed.,New York: W. W. Norton and Company. 1986.
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- Thompson, Elbert. "The Theme of Paradise Lost." PMLA. 1913. JSTOR Resource Database. Site Accessed November 26, 2008. <http://www.jstor.org/stable/456677>
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