History Literature / ParadiseLost

17th Feb '17 8:23:14 PM bt8257
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It's well-known as a source for ''mountains'' of literary criticism and a host of {{Alternative Character Interpretation}}s. Many think the poem [[DesignatedVillain makes a better case]] for {{Satan}} than {{God}}. Creator/WilliamBlake famously wrote that, "The reason Milton wrote in fetters when he wrote of Angels and God, and at liberty when of Devils and Hell, is because he was a true poet and ''of the Devils' party without knowing it''." It's a possibility that this was not Milton's intent, but while most critics acknowledge this, [[DeathOfTheAuthor some assert that his intent is not the point]]. Other critics assert that this ''is'' the point; the author intended to subvert MisaimedFandom by making the reader sympathetic to Satan in the opening part, but then surprising the reader by finding out that Satan was lying and is evil all along in the later parts. By this argument, the reader re-enacts the Fall by reading the work. The multitude of different ways to read it are undoubtedly part of the appeal for scholars and literature buffs alike -- it helps that this opens limitless doors for [[FanWank reasonable argument]]. [[FirstInstallmentWins They could read the sequel]] but speculation is more fun.

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It's well-known as a source for ''mountains'' of literary criticism and a host of {{Alternative Character Interpretation}}s. Many think the poem [[DesignatedVillain makes a better case]] for {{Satan}} than {{God}}. Creator/WilliamBlake famously wrote that, "The reason Milton wrote in fetters when he wrote of Angels and God, and at liberty when of Devils and Hell, is because he was a true poet and ''of the Devils' party without knowing it''." It's a possibility that this was not Milton's intent, but while most critics acknowledge this, [[DeathOfTheAuthor some assert that his intent is not isn't the point]]. Other critics assert that this ''is'' the point; the author intended to subvert MisaimedFandom by making the reader sympathetic to Satan in the opening part, but then surprising the reader by finding out that Satan was lying and is evil all along in the later parts. By this argument, the reader re-enacts the Fall by reading the work. The multitude of different ways to read it are undoubtedly part of the appeal for scholars and literature buffs alike -- it helps that this opens limitless doors for [[FanWank reasonable argument]]. [[FirstInstallmentWins They could read the sequel]] but speculation is more fun.
7th Jan '17 1:38:08 AM SeptimusHeap
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* SnakesAreSexy: Satan and Eve's interaction comes across as quite sexually-charged, with Satan taking a while to drink in Eve's beauty, beguiling her with his own gorgeous appearance (at which point the metaphor of [[FreudWasRight snakes as phallic symbols]] undeniably comes into play), then proceeding to flatter and pervert her. Blake's illustrations even show the snake wrapped around Eve while [[IndirectKiss feeding her the Fruit of Knowledge with its mouth]].

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* SnakesAreSexy: Satan and Eve's interaction comes across as quite sexually-charged, with Satan taking a while to drink in Eve's beauty, beguiling her with his own gorgeous appearance (at which point the metaphor of [[FreudWasRight snakes as phallic symbols]] symbols undeniably comes into play), then proceeding to flatter and pervert her. Blake's illustrations even show the snake wrapped around Eve while [[IndirectKiss feeding her the Fruit of Knowledge with its mouth]].
27th Oct '16 4:40:59 PM DustSnitch
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* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Sin and Death.

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* AnthropomorphicPersonification: The two other members of Satan's incestuous parody of the Trinity represent Sin and Death.Death..



* ArchangelMichael: As a total {{badass}}.
* ArchangelGabriel: Also a {{badass}}, and the trumpeter and chief guard of all the angels.

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* ArchangelMichael: As a total {{badass}}.
badass and the GoodCounterpart to Lucifer.
* ArchangelGabriel: Also a {{badass}}, badass, and the trumpeter and chief guard of all the angels.



* ArchEnemy: Satan's MeaningfulName is derived from the Semitic "Shai'tan" meaning "adversary."

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* ArchEnemy: Satan's MeaningfulName is derived from the Semitic "Shai'tan" meaning "adversary.""adversary," and he builds himself up as the greatest opponent to God. In reality, he's nothing compared to Heaven's might.
19th Oct '16 2:33:16 PM ading
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* {{Hypocrite}}: Satan's arguments against God are founded largely on principles of democracy, free speech, and egalitarianism, but he himself is an absolute monarch in Hell.
10th Oct '16 3:55:58 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* CurbStompBattle: God makes things interesting by only fielding exactly as many angels as Satan has demons to keep the battle at a stalemate until the Son takes the field and wipes the floor with the entire rebel army on his own.

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* CurbStompBattle: God makes things interesting by only fielding exactly as many angels as Satan has demons to keep the battle at a stalemate until the Son takes the field and wipes the floor with the entire rebel army on his own. The Son is so terrifying that the rebelling angels throw ''themselves'' to Hell to escape him.
10th Oct '16 12:51:57 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* SelfInflictedHell: The main point of Satan's story is to show that damnation is the will of the sinner, not God, who is always ready to forgive. Satan and his angels pointedly cast ''themselves'' into Hell after losing the War in Heaven.
10th Oct '16 12:45:41 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* GodIsEvil: According to Satan and the fallen. [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Some readers agree with him.]]
9th Sep '16 9:58:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Not in the poem itself, but in the paintings of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Martin_%28painter%29 John Martin]] inspired by it, the Pandemonium (Palace of Demons) looks suspiciously [[TheRomanEmpire Roman]] and {{Satan}} himself [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/38/Pandemonium.jpg is depicted as a man (not as the traditional horned monster) in a Roman Emperor's ceremonial uniform]].

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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Not in the poem itself, but in the paintings of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Martin_%28painter%29 John Martin]] inspired by it, the Pandemonium (Palace of Demons) looks suspiciously [[TheRomanEmpire [[UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire Roman]] and {{Satan}} himself [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/38/Pandemonium.jpg is depicted as a man (not as the traditional horned monster) in a Roman Emperor's ceremonial uniform]].
16th Dec '15 11:31:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Not in the poem itself, but in the paintings of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Martin_%28painter%29 John Martin]] inspired by it, the {{Pandemonium}} (Palace of Demons) looks suspiciously [[TheRomanEmpire Roman]] and {{Satan}} himself [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/38/Pandemonium.jpg is depicted as a man (not as the traditional horned monster) in a Roman Emperor's ceremonial uniform]].

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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Not in the poem itself, but in the paintings of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Martin_%28painter%29 John Martin]] inspired by it, the {{Pandemonium}} Pandemonium (Palace of Demons) looks suspiciously [[TheRomanEmpire Roman]] and {{Satan}} himself [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/38/Pandemonium.jpg is depicted as a man (not as the traditional horned monster) in a Roman Emperor's ceremonial uniform]].
15th Dec '15 3:19:42 PM Morgenthaler
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* EscapedFromHell: Satan himself had to escape from Hell before he could truly rule it, doing so by making a bargain with Sin and Death, who had been placed there to guard the exit.
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