Paradise, Pleasure, Perdition and Praise


This paper examines how John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” systematically contrasts the disparities between characters, settings and themes by paralleling or mirroring elements of the poem. It looks at how the diverse opposing action creates intricate movement between hierarchal levels and distinct time periods and how within the interdependent structure a prevalent theme of union with God and unity arises to move dynamically throughout the text. It explores how all aspects within the universe originate by God transforming Chaos into creation with each existence as a self-conscious manifestation subject to God’s omniscient power and the implementation of eudemonia.

From the Paper:

“God’s heading the hierarchy of beings within Paradise Lost unquestionably derives from Judeo Christian roots and humanity’s compulsion to order the known and unknown worlds. However, Miltonic details of various creations and God associations indicate a tether between the Almighty and all sentient individuals. “For what can scape the eye of God all-seeing, or deceive his heart Omniscient, who in all things wise and just, hindered not Satan,” (X.5-7) says the narrator. Milton’s usage of “heart,” in describing God’s omniscience suggests in a double entendre the emotional feeling essay writing tips pdf associations with the “heart,” and God at the “heart” or center. God’s “wise and just” knowledge of an ostensible malice and the lack of mitigation with the wording “hindered not” poignantly implicates a divine plan.”

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