An introduction to the miltons paradise lost

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Before he escorts them out of Paradise, Michael shows them visions of the future that disclose an outline of Bible stories from that of Cain and Abel in Genesis through the story of Jesus Christ in the New Testament.

They are then cast out of Eden and the archangel Michael says that Adam may find "A paradise within thee, happier far.

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Throughout the poem Milton makes use of soliloquy, another tragic convention. He decided to focus on the foundational myth of humanity itself, the Genesis account of creation and fall.

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Satan arrives at the rim of the universe, disguises himself as an angel, and is directed to Earth by Uriel, Guardian of the Sun. In this manner, Milton portrays Adam as a heroic figure, but also as a greater sinner than Eve, as he is aware that what he is doing is wrong.

Some have even suggested that the Old Testament is the epic story of the ancient Israelites.

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Fish writes, "The reading experience becomes the felt measure of man's loss" as the reader is first seduced by Satan's powerful and impressive logic, then slowly realizes that the logic is in fact twisted and nonsensical Surprised by Sin Michael[ edit ] Michael is a mighty archangel who fought for God in the Angelic War. A second edition followed in , re-divided into twelve books. His complete infatuation with Eve, while pure of itself, eventually contributes to his deciding to join her in disobedience to God. Raphael goes on to describe further the war in Heaven and explains how the Son of God drove Satan and his minions down to Hell. While God gave Adam and Eve total freedom and power to rule over all creation, he gave them one explicit command: not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil on penalty of death. Satan is deeply arrogant, albeit powerful and charismatic. This section contains words approx. Michael begins to unfold the future history of the world to Adam, including Noah's Ark. Epics also employ elevated language, invocations to the muses, supernatural interventions in the affairs of humanity and descriptions of great and hazardous journeys.

Instead they decide to explore a new world prophecied to be created, where a safer course of revenge can be planned. Originally, he was called Lucifer, an angel in heaven who led his followers in a war against God, and was ultimately sent with them to hell.

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Introduction to Paradise Lost by John Milton