Among his fellow fallen angels, he is a rebellious leader with no regrets, but in private his deeper thoughts come forth. As revealed in Paradise Lost, the true Satan is a sad, miserable creature devoid of hope. Satan is the most complex emotional character in Paradise Lost.
It was published in a first version inconsisting of ten books and in the final version inconsisting of twelve books. Up until today this masterpiece is considered as one of the most famous writings of English literature.
The question of this paper is if the character of Satan can be depicted as an heroic figure and in how far Satan can be described as epic hero. John Milton is forcing the reader of Paradise Lost to consider the possibility that Satan may actually be a hero, or at least a character that might be analysed in a more complex way.
The character of Satan uses this tension and provokes the reader. During the 13th up to the 16th century the devil was discussed very frequently among people of all classes. Nevertheless Satan or the devil is afflicted with mostly negative thoughts as he is the antagonist of God.
While the question whether Satan being a hero or not is examined in many literary critics and scholars for ages, this question remains disputed. On the one hand it provokes responses that arise from closely held religious or moral values and on the other hand it is a commitment to strict literary interpretation.
Paradise Lost, however, tries to make Satan an heroic figure that the reader is able to identify with. As consistently portrayed as something that negates, confuses, misleads and devastates, The character of Satan needs to be analysed in a more global way.
In order to search for his motives and methods one has to look for positive aspects of his actions.
Milton's Satan, as well as other imaginations of him, were mainly created during this period around the s as a result of the establishment of the Church of England. To get an overview of Satan and his actions in Milton's Paradise Lost this research paper only focuses on the parts of the poem where he is presented, speaking or where he is appearing.
At first an overview is given about John Milton and his time.
Furthermore the story of Paradise Lost, as well as Satan himself are analysed in a second step of this work. Last but not least I try to answer the initial question whether the Satan of John Milton's work can be depicted as epic hero and why this is the case.
Milton allows the reader a much fuller access to Satan and especially to the inner working of Satan's mind. John Milton - An overview For many researchers and literary critics John Milton is or was one of the last humanist who were writing in English even though he chose Italian arts as model for his own poems and writings.
Moral truth and not history was his matter in his writings and as a religious person, just like many other people in the seventeenth century, literal truth of the Bible was final what makes the main character of his epic, Satan, an actual existing character.
John Milton was born on 9th December into a Puritan middle-class family and therefore attended church and catechism very regularly during his youth. Although his father expected him to take orders in the church Milton was more into learning.
In school he was taught languages, literature and verse writing in Greek and Latin. He even became close friends with two of his teachers.
In his youth, growing up in London, he developed certain character traits like "very exacting standards in personal morality and accomplishment; high expectations for human institutions schools, marriage, government, the church ; a disposition to challenge and resist institutional authorities who fell short of such standards; and a strong need for and high idealism about friendship and love" that lasted forever.
Grewing up under a Puritan miniter and living in a hard-working tradesmen family Milton became conscious of political and religious questions and discussions very early in his life. As his father was eager to give his son the best education possible John Milton's childhood was mostly given over to study.
Between and he went to Cambridge University but was disappointed and "sharply critical of the education he received". His intention for going to Cambridge was to prepare for ordination and he also hoped to combine his love for poetry and the ministry.John Milton's Paradise Lost is an epic that has influenced the Christian perception of God, Satan, sin, and the origin of mankind for centuries.
His poetic account of the creation story, though, clearly expands on several aspects within the most.
Paradise Lost by John Milton is one of the most thorough fictional treatments of Satan‘s role in human nature. Though Milton‘s purpose in writing his epic was to. Ryan, Hannah E., "English Identity in the Writings of John Milton" ().Honors grupobittia.com This thesis will examine Milton’s and not John Milton the author of Paradise Lost.
Stella Revard, in her article “John Milton. [Your full name] May 2, Comparing John Milton's Satan to Dante's Lucifer John Milton’s Paradise Lost is an epic poem, in which he portrays the character of Satan .
Probably the most famous quote about Paradise Lost is William Blake's statement that Milton was "of the Devil's party without knowing it." While Blake may have meant something other than what is generally understood from this quotation (see "Milton's Style" in the Critical Essays), the idea that Satan is the hero, or at least a type of hero, in Paradise Lost is widespread.
From John Milton's "Paradise Lost", Satan's likely motive for wanting to punish Adam and Eve is, as he was angry with God and wanted to seek revenge by ruining God’s creations.. As Satan disguised himself as a large seabird, Cormorant, he watches Adam and .