Tuesday, October 1, 2019
MiltonÃ¢â¬â¢s Paradise Lost :: Paradise Lost
MiltonÃ¢â¬â¢s Paradise Lost Critics of the Romantic Period have claimed that John Milton was unconsciously allied with the forces of evil. In Paradise Lost MiltonÃ¢â¬â¢s accounts of Ã¢â¬Å"Devils & HellÃ¢â¬ are much more elaborate and awe inspiring than those of Ã¢â¬Å"Angels & God.Ã¢â¬ Hell and Satan are portrayed extensively whereas the reader is given brief and inconclusive glimpses of Heaven. The apparent dichotomy is explained by William Blake: Ã¢â¬Å"The reason Milton wrote in fetters when he wrote of Angels & Gods, and at liberty when of Devils & Hell, is because he was a true Poet and of the DevilÃ¢â¬â¢s Party without knowing it.Ã¢â¬ MiltonÃ¢â¬â¢s adherence to orthodox views resulted in an uninspired portrait of Heaven. Hell, in contrast, was greatly developed; the vivid imagery of the volcanic and desolate terrain gave Hell a genuine ambience. Milton described Hell as a Ã¢â¬Å"lake of fireÃ¢â¬ (280) and commented on the Ã¢â¬Å"Floods and Whirlwinds of tempestuous fireÃ¢â¬ (77). He indicated that darkness is given off instead of light: Ã¢â¬Å"No light, but rather darkness visibleÃ¢â¬ (63). The devils, especially Satan, were characterized in more detail than the angels or God. The first two books of Paradise Lost featured the fallen angelsÃ¢â¬â¢ debate regarding their future plans. As a Ã¢â¬Å"true PoetÃ¢â¬ Milton sought to appeal to the emotions of his readers. The natural human inclination towards evil inspired MiltonÃ¢â¬â¢s powerful description of Hell as opposed to his unimaginative view of Heaven. Milton held strongly antipathetic views with regard to tyrannical authorities. He created numerous pamphlets to protest the regime of unjust rulers such as King Charles I. Blake suggested that MiltonÃ¢â¬â¢s opposition to tyranny was also applicable to the authority of God. Both Satan and Milton expressed similar rebellious sentiments. In Paradise Lost, Satan speaks of GodÃ¢â¬â¢s unjust rule, which parallels MiltonÃ¢â¬â¢s philosophy regarding tyrannical princes and kings of his day. For example, Satan says to his followers that Ã¢â¬Å"All is not lost; the unconquerable Will / And study of revenge, immortal hate / And courage never to submit or yieldÃ¢â¬ (106-108).