Classical Poetry MA English literature notes.pdf

Satan occupies the most prominent position in the action of Paradise Lost. Though the main theme of the poem is the “Man’s first disobedience” yet it is the character of Satan which gives a touch of greatness to this epic. Al the poetic powers of Milton are shown on the delineation of the majestic personality of the enemy of God and Man, i.e. Satan. As it is shown in Paradise Lost Book-I that the character of Satan is a blend of the noble and the ignoble, the exalted and the mean, the great and the low, therefore, it becomes difficult to declare him either a hero or a wholly villain. In Paradise Lost Book-I we can hardly doubt his heroic qualities because this book fully exhibits his exemplary will-power, unsurpassable determination, unshakable confidence and unbelievable courage. However, the encyclopedia of religion removes some of the confusion from our minds regarding Satan’s character in the following words:

Classical Poetry MA English literature notes.pdf

Satan occupies the most prominent position in the action of Paradise Lost.

Though the main theme of the poem is the “Man’s first disobedience” yet it is

the character of Satan which gives a touch of greatness to this epic. Al the

poetic powers of Milton are shown on the delineation of the majestic personality

of the enemy of God and Man, i.e. Satan.

As it is shown in Paradise Lost Book-I that the character of Satan is a blend

of the noble and the ignoble, the exalted and the mean, the great and the low,

therefore, it becomes difficult to declare him either a hero or a wholly villain.

In Paradise Lost Book-I we can hardly doubt his heroic qualities because this

book fully exhibits his exemplary will-power, unsurpassable determination,

unshakable confidence and unbelievable courage. However, the encyclopedia

of religion removes some of the confusion from our minds regarding Satan’s

character in the following words:





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