Paradise Lost is an epic poem by 17th century English writer, John Milton. At the time of its publication it caused a lot of controversy due to its in-depth depiction of Satan around the time of The Fall of Adam and Eve. In this poem we question about parallels between Milton’s version of Satan and Milton himself. In attempt to understand these parallels we can observe the text to better understand how Milton portrayed Satan’s character. Satan’s heroic persona is heavily focused on in the first few books to display the complexity of his character and make him relatable to the reader. Also, we can see both directly and indirectly in the text how Milton is able to relate to Satan’s character in Paradise Lost. Lastly, by combining information and evidence from this epic poem, we can further distinguish what Milton is trying to convey about both Satan and God.
Satan is both a key religious and literary symbol for Western culture, and he is a predominant figure in two classic works, Dante’s Inferno and John Milton’s Paradise Lost. As a symbol, Satan has a mix of some characteristics that are immutable and some characteristics that are fluid. By comparing Dante’s version of Satan to Milton’s, it becomes possible to examine which characteristics are core to identifying Satan and which change in service to the context and themes of the work.
Schemes of Satan with Milton Green, message 1, part 6 of 6