History Literature / ParadiseLost

23rd Oct '17 10:16:41 AM DustSnitch
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* Friendly Ghost: The Holy Ghost is a friendly ghost. Very helpful.



* {{God}}: The Victor of the War in Heaven who creates the Angels, the Earth, and Man. He only interacts to other characters through His [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} Begotten Son]], who Milton seems to treat as a separate being. Through His conversations with His Son, we learn that God has His creations best interests and allows them freedom to stand or fall by their own convictions.

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* {{God}}: The God here is the Victor of the War in Heaven who creates the Angels, the Earth, and Man. He only interacts to other characters through His [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} Begotten Son]], who Milton seems to treat as a separate being. Through His conversations with His Son, we learn that God has His creations best interests and allows them freedom to stand or fall by their own convictions.
23rd Oct '17 9:10:23 AM WrathfulLamb
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* Friendly Ghost: The Holy Ghost is a friendly ghost. Very helpful.
21st Oct '17 10:42:30 PM DustSnitch
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* LibertyOverProsperity: Satan would rather reign in {{Hell}}, than serve in {{Heaven}}, and his minions go right along with him. They are all in a literal SelfInflictedHell, and can go back to Heaven at any time they wish, yet are staunchly determined to remain free.

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* LibertyOverProsperity: Satan would rather reign in {{Hell}}, than serve in {{Heaven}}, and his minions go right along with him. They are all in a literal SelfInflictedHell, and can go back to Heaven at any time they wish, yet are staunchly determined to remain free.free in Satan's empire.



* LightIsNotGood: The name "Lucifer" literally means "light-bearer" in Latin.

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* LightIsNotGood: The name "Lucifer" literally means "light-bearer" in Latin.Latin and in ''Paradise Lost'', it turns out Lucifer was the brightest angel before his fall. When waging War in Heaven, Satan rides in a chariot as bright as the sun adorned with cherubs and gold, showing that the Devil [[AGodAmI worships himself as God]].



* {{Narcissist}}. Satan, whose pride causes the fall.

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* {{Narcissist}}. {{Narcissist}}:
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Satan, whose pride causes the fall.fall, only thinks about his own well-being and shows no interest in the betterment or goodness of any other character except when he's being envious.
** The first thing Eve does after being created is look in awe at her own beautiful reflection. God calls her to look away from herself and towards Adam, but Satan uses the first woman's vanity to eternal consequence.



* TheQuest: Satan takes off a long, dangerous journey through Chaos, the gap between Heaven and Hell, in his mission to find Eden and the new creation.

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* TheQuest: Satan takes off a long, dangerous journey through Chaos, the gap between Heaven and Hell, in his mission to find Eden and corrupt the new creation.



** Delivered by Abdiel to Satan before the battle begins in Book 6.
** Satan gets one in Book 4, when two Cherubs fail to recognize him and he calls them on it. One angel, Zephon, rebukes that Satan was no longer the brilliant, beautiful archangel he once was and thus unrecognizable. At that moment, Satan realizes what he'd lost.

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** Delivered by Abdiel to Satan before the battle begins in Book 6.
** Satan gets one in
In Book 4, when two Cherubs fail to recognize him Satan and he calls insults them on for it. One angel, Zephon, rebukes that Satan was no longer the brilliant, beautiful archangel he once was and thus unrecognizable. At that moment, Satan realizes what he'd lost.lost.
** Before the battle begins in Book 6, the loyal Abdiel calls Satan an idiot out of touch with faith and reality who was dumb enough to think he could take God's throne without opposition and then be a better ruler than the Almighty.



* RevengeByProxy via RevengeThroughCorruption: Satan can't hurt God, so he'll go after His beloved Adam and Eve instead.

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%%* RevengeThroughCorruption
* RevengeByProxy via RevengeThroughCorruption: RevengeByProxy: Satan can't hurt God, so he'll go after His beloved Adam and Eve instead.



* SnakePeople: Satan's [[ParentalIncest daughter/lover]] Sin is one of these.
* SoleSurvivor: Abdiel is the only angel who listened to Satan's speech to remain in heaven.

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* SnakePeople: Satan's [[ParentalIncest daughter/lover]] Sin is one has the face of these.
a woman, but below that, she has a serpentine body that makes her foul nature clear.
* SoleSurvivor: Abdiel is the only angel who listened to Satan's speech to remain in heaven.Heaven.



* StartOfDarkness: Both Satan's fall and mankind's "original sin."

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* StartOfDarkness: Both Satan's fall Book V and mankind's "original sin."Book VI act as prequels to the rest of the narrative and recount how Satan became envious of the Son and rallied the Angels to overtake God's throne. That went as well as any other swing at the Omnipotent and Hell got a lot cozier.



* VillainProtagonist: Much of the poem is from {{Satan}}'s point of view. Milton makes Satan's point of view so sympathetic at times that it's lead to several centuries of {{Alternative Character Interpretation}}s.

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* VillainProtagonist: Much of the poem is from {{Satan}}'s point of view. Milton makes Satan's point of view so sympathetic at times that it's lead and he his often compared by the narrator to several centuries Aeneas, Ulysses, and other Epic Heroes. He fails to meet the criteria of {{Alternative Character Interpretation}}s."hero" by merit of being a cowardly liar who's driven by unhappiness and envy to destroy whatever good he can while being hopelessly outgunned by a just and loving arch-enemy.
21st Oct '17 10:27:05 PM DustSnitch
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* DramaticPause: When the Father asks who will take the penalty of death so Man can live, there is a deafening silence in Heaven as no angel takes the call. The narration laments that in this moment, it seems that Satan has become victorious and that Man will be forever enslave to Sin and Death... only for [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} the Son]] to break the silence and to selflessly put forward his own life for the sake of Man's.
21st Oct '17 10:22:47 PM DustSnitch
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* DivinelyAppearingDemons: Lucifer's depiction in this book is as his angelic self, and the work presents him as a tragic AntiVillain rather than MadeOfEvil.

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* DivinelyAppearingDemons: Lucifer's depiction Lucifer has increasingly grown hideous and small upon falling, but in this book is as his order to sneak into Paradise, he takes an angelic self, appearance it fools the [[InformedAttribute all-seeing]] Uriel. His disguise only falters when his chaotic and tortured emotions cause his disguise the work presents him as a tragic AntiVillain rather than MadeOfEvil.fluctuate at the edge of Uriel's vision.



* 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 [[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]].
** Perhaps influenced by ''Paradise Regained'', where Rome seems to be Satan's favorite Earth culture, the one which he spends more time tempting Jesus with.

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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 [[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]]. \n** Perhaps influenced by ''Paradise Regained'', ''Literature/ParadiseRegained'', where Rome seems to be Satan's favorite Earth culture, the one which he spends more time tempting Jesus with.
21st Oct '17 9:48:47 PM DustSnitch
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->''''But all was false and hollow, though his tongue,\\
''''Dropped manna, and could make the worse appear,\\
''''The better reason, to perplex and dash,\\
''''Maturest counsels: for his thoughts were low,,\\
''''To vice industrious, but to nobler deeds,\\
''''Timorous and slothful."

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->''''But -->''"But all was false and hollow, though his tongue,\\
''''Dropped Dropped manna, and could make the worse appear,\\
''''The The better reason, to perplex and dash,\\
''''Maturest Maturest counsels: for his thoughts were low,,\\
''''To To vice industrious, but to nobler deeds,\\
''''Timorous Timorous and slothful.""''
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* ArchangelMichael: As a total badass and the GoodCounterpart to Lucifer.
* ArchangelGabriel: Also a badass, and the trumpeter and chief guard of all the angels.
* ArchangelRaphael: MrExposition where Adam is involved.

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* ArchangelMichael: As a Michael is total badass and the GoodCounterpart to Lucifer.
Lucifer, who cuts off his enter right side to introduce the Devil to pain.
* ArchangelGabriel: Also Gabriel is a total badass, and the trumpeter and chief guard of all the angels.
angels. His guards catch Satan sneaking into Eden and cut through his rhetoric to send him running with his tail between his legs.
* ArchangelRaphael: MrExposition where here spends two whole books (of twelve) telling Adam is involved. how Satan fell and fought the War in Heaven.



** The poem is filled with references to light, illumination, and color - appealing to John Milton for bittersweet reasons.

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** The poem is filled with references to light, illumination, and color - appealing to the blind John Milton for bittersweet reasons.



* BoltOfDivineRetribution: Satan often describes God as "the Thunderer," a name for Zeus, with good reason. When the fallen angels tried to imitate God's thunder with canons, the Son appeared and sent what felt like ten thousand thunderbolts at the demonic legions with a glance.



* DarkIsEvil: A frequent image, starting early in the poem.

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* DarkIsEvil: A frequent image, image of Hell, starting early in the poem.poem, is pure darkness.
21st Oct '17 9:28:36 PM DustSnitch
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* DidYouJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} The Son of God]] spends the first five books talking about his love for his Father, volunteering to suffer for the sake of humans, and all around being incredibly kind, until the Father charges Him to end the War in Heaven. The Son then turns into an indescribable terror "Gloomie as Night" who's glare struck plagues against all the Devil's army with the strength of ten thousand thunderbolts. With this one conviction, He did more damage to the demonic army than every angel could do together with two full days of combat. The Devil's army is so horrified that they throw ''themselves'' into Hell rather than wait for Christ to be done with them. Again, this is the man who will say "Blessed are the meek" and lay hands on the lepers of Galilee.

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* DidYouJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} The Son of God]] spends the first five books talking about his love for his Father, volunteering to suffer for the sake of humans, and all around being incredibly kind, until the Father charges Him to end the War in Heaven. The Son then turns into an indescribable terror "Gloomie as Night" who's glare struck plagues against all the Devil's army with the strength of ten thousand thunderbolts. With this one conviction, He did more damage to the demonic army than every angel could do together with two full days of combat. The Devil's army is so horrified that they throw ''themselves'' into Hell rather than wait for Christ to be done with them. Again, this is the man who will say "Blessed are the meek" and lay hands on the lepers of Galilee.



%%* DrivenByEnvy: Satan
* EarnYourHappyEnding: The human race after being kicked out of paradise.
* EldritchAbomination: Chaos and Old Night.
* 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.
* EvilCounterpart: God, the Son and the Holy Spirit face the Anti-Trinity of Satan, Sin and Death. Satan is Sin's father. Sin is Death's mother. Satan is Death's father. It is appropriate to feel {{Squick}}y once you realize what it all means. Of course, this is very much intentional, portraying a perverted Trinity.

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%%* * DrivenByEnvy: Satan
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Satan is first driven to rebel against Heaven when the Father tells the Angels to bow before the Son, a glory far greater than the role of Arch-Angel. Being cast out of Heaven does little to mitigate this, as the Devil travels across the incomprehensible realm of Chaos just so he can keep Adam and Eve from being happier than him.
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EarnYourHappyEnding: The human race after being kicked out of paradise.
* EldritchAbomination: Chaos and Old Night.
Night are beings that represent the world before creation, where fire and earth change into water and air before switching places and on and on in endless anarchy.
* 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.
exit. He tries to brag about it later, but Gabriel sees through his act and realizes that Satan will always be tortured in his mind no matter what realm he's in.
* EvilCounterpart: God, the Son and the Holy Spirit face the Anti-Trinity of Satan, Sin and Death. Satan is Sin's father. Sin is Death's mother. Satan is Death's father. Death is the father of Sin's hounds. It is appropriate to feel {{Squick}}y once you realize what it all means. Of course, this is very much intentional, portraying a perverted Trinity.



* FullCircleRevolution: Satan leads a revolt against God and the Son in the name of equality, and, of course, puts himself on a pedestal and appoints himself leader after the revolution.

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* FullCircleRevolution: Satan leads a revolt against God and the Son in the name of equality, and, of course, puts himself on a pedestal and appoints himself leader king after the revolution.revolution.



* {{God}}: Actually quite a minor character.

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* {{God}}: Actually quite The Victor of the War in Heaven who creates the Angels, the Earth, and Man. He only interacts to other characters through His [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} Begotten Son]], who Milton seems to treat as a minor character. separate being. Through His conversations with His Son, we learn that God has His creations best interests and allows them freedom to stand or fall by their own convictions.



* HellOfAHeaven: After losing the war, Satan states that "The mind is its own place, and in it self. Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven."

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* %%* HellOfAHeaven: After losing the war, Satan states that "The mind is its own place, and in it self. Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven."



* HijackedByJesus: Milton places the gods of the ancient Egyptians and Greeks in Satan's army, reflecting common beliefs of his time.

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* HijackedByJesus: Milton places the gods of the ancient Egyptians and Greeks in Satan's army, reflecting common beliefs of his time.holding that those cultures were fooled by demons into idolatry.



* HumanSacrifice: Moloch is particularly pointed out for this.

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* %%* HumanSacrifice: Moloch is particularly pointed out for this.



* {{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.

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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.Hell and asserts that everybody agreed to make him leader without asking anyone to vote.



* IncestIsRelative: This is how Death is created by Satan and Sin. Death then rapes his own mother.

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* IncestIsRelative: This is how Death is created by when Satan and has sex with his Athena-esque daugher, Sin. Death then rapes his own mother. mother and she gives birth to hounds who attack her.



* OmniscientMoralityLicense: {{God}} gets one.
* ParentalIncest: Not intentionally.

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* %%* OmniscientMoralityLicense: {{God}} gets one.
* %%* ParentalIncest: Not intentionally.
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* DidYouJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} The Son of God]] spends the first five books talking about his love for his Father, volunteering to suffer for the sake of humans, and all around being incredibly kind, until the Father charges Him to end the War in Heaven. The Son then turns into an indescribable terror "Gloomie as Night" who's glare struck plagues against all the Devil's army with the strength of ten thousand thunderbolts. With this one conviction, He did more damage to the demonic army than every angel could do together with two full days of combat. The Devil's army is so horrified that they throw ''themselves'' into Hell rather than wait for Christ to be done with them. Again, this is the man who will say "Blessed are the meek" and lay hands on the lepers of Galilee.
-->''"Yet half his strength he put not forth, but check'd\\
His Thunder in mid Volie, for he meant\\
Not to destroy, but root them out of Heav'n."''



* DrivenByEnvy: Satan

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* %%* DrivenByEnvy: Satan
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First published in ten books in 1667, the twelve-book version modern readers will be familiar with came out in 1674. Notably told largely from the perspective of {{Satan}} himself, though some books focus directly on {{God}} or Adam and Eve. ''Almost'' a {{Prequel}} to Literature/TheBible, though chronologically most of the action (''all'' of it, if you don't count the lengthy {{Flashback}} to the War in Heaven and Michael's summary of postlapsarian history yet to come) takes place entirely during the third chapter of [[Literature/BookOfGenesis Genesis]]. In epic theory (and yes, such a thing exists), ''Paradise Lost'' is the final epic, as it has elements of everything from ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' up through ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' and ''Literature/TheFaerieQueene''.

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First published in ten books in 1667, the twelve-book version modern readers will be familiar with came out in 1674. Notably told largely from the perspective of {{Satan}} himself, though some books focus directly on {{God}} or Adam and Eve. ''Almost'' a {{Prequel}} to Literature/TheBible, though chronologically most of the action (''all'' of it, if you don't count the lengthy {{Flashback}} to the War in Heaven and Michael's summary of postlapsarian history yet to come) takes place entirely during the third chapter of [[Literature/BookOfGenesis Genesis]]. In epic theory (and yes, such a thing exists), ''Paradise Lost'' is the final epic, as it has elements of everything from ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' up through ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' and ''Literature/TheFaerieQueene''.
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