Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost: Essay Q&A

1. How does Milton see Eve in the story of “man’s disobedience”? Milton tried to ennoble Eve from the medieval concept of her as temptress and sole reason for the fall.  He makes her Adam’s equal and partner, the honored “mother of mankind.” Adam addresses her as “Daughter of God and Man, accomplish’t Eve” (IV, …

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Paradise Lost: Book 11

  The Son presents the repentant prayers of Adam and Eve to his Father in heaven. God decrees that though they will be saved, they have to leave the Garden of Eden because their bodies will now become too gross to stay there. At the Synod of the Blessed, God tells the angels that it …

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Paradise Lost: Book 12

  Michael tells the history “betwixt the world destroy’d and world restor’d” with the coming of Christ.   The archangel begins with the “second source of men,” after Noah and the flood. There was peace until Nimrod who broke the laws of nature by building unholy cities. God, however, often descends to visit men and …

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Paradise Lost: Book 9

The poet says, “I now must change [these] Notes to Tragic,” for now comes the story of disobedience and alienation from Heaven. While invoking his muse, divine wisdom, he mentions her nightly visits to him while he sleeps. The story he has to tell is more important than the usual epic heroic deeds.   Satan …

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Paradise Lost: Book 10

  The Guardian Angels forsake paradise and return to heaven to report. God tells them it is not their fault, nor His, that Adam and Eve fell, for they had free will. Still, he will temper their just punishment with mercy.   Christ is sent to Eden both to judge the guilty pair and offer …

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Paradise Lost: Book 8

  Adam continues to question Raphael, begging to know about the celestial motions he sees in the skies. At this point, Eve has had enough and excuses herself. She will hear it all from her husband later. The poet speaks of her “goddess like demeanor.”   Raphael reminds Adam that it is good to read …

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