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Alexander Popes An Essay on Man is an attempt to vindicate as Milton had attempted to justify the ways of God to man Both attempt to explain God to man but come up with different conclusions Milton states that man can overcome Gods design through faith and decency In contrast Pope remarks that man must accept what life gives him without trying to change his fate Milton seeks to justify the ways of God to men Paradise Lost 126 through example Paradise Lost focuses on the fall of man and the consequences thereof After the fall of man Adam and Eve must endure their punishments and achieve redemption They can no longer live within the confines of Eden but through faith and conviction they will persevere God gives Adam and Eve free will and the use of reason Although they choose poorly and are punished with the pains and sufferings of humanity God allows Adam and Eve to live though not as they were accustomed to in Paradise They must live life as we know it with its weaknesses yearnings inevitable defeats but with the knowledge that they can overcome To leave this Paradise but shalt posses A Paradise within thee happier far Paradise Lost 12586-587 Similar to Milton Pope tries to vindicate the ways of God to man An Essay on Man p 226416 however he derives a different conclusion Pope believes that In pride in reasoning pride our error lies An Essay on Man p 2266123 He sets out to demonstrate that no matter how imperfect and disturbingly evil the universe may appear it is nonetheless a work of God and must be accepted Then say not mans imperfect Heaven in fault Say rather mans as perfect as he ought An Essay on Man p 226569-70 It seems imperfect to us only because our perceptions are limited by our moral and intellectual capacity His conclusion is And spite of
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