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Satan otherwise known as the archfiend is the main character in John Miltons epic poem Paradise Lost Historically seen as the embodiment of evil Satan is presented in a noble manner in Miltons work and has many of the characteristics of a tragic hero The excerpt from the poem starts with a brief summary of the events that lead up to Satans banishment in Hell These events help to the reader to understand Satans emotions and attitude later in the poem Satan and his personal army of angels wage war on God and his angels Satan and his followers are fighting because they believe that angels should be equal to God Satans army is defeated however and banished into Hell In Hell Satan is chained in a burning lake there to suffer for all time This summary leads directly into Satans first heroic quality leadership Satan leads his army into battle believing that their cause is right He doesnt fight because he is evil he doesnt fight for fame he doesnt fight for hate He fights for a cause that he believes in and fighting for a just cause is a very well known measure of heroism A definition of a tragic hero may be something like A noble character of high rank or stature that suffers a fall through his own actions Satan is exactly that He starts as a prominent archangel leads the rebellion is defeated and suffers his fall to Hell People hate to give the title of hero to the devil but if the names in Paradise Lost were changed and it was turned into a normal battle story instead of a religious story then I believe that Satans character would be undoubtedly viewed as a tragic hero It is only his name in the story that provokes hate in people not his actions I think Milton chose to make Satan noble for many different reasons Not the least of which
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