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Milton and Shakespeare are the two great stars of the Elizabethan periodTheir works to some extent have attained the level of classicsThe characters created by them has raised a lot of stormy discussions among the criticsWhether it is the Othello or the Paradise Lost there are several scopes to regard both of them as literary masterpieces having infinite prospects of interpretations from different points of view If we analyse the character of Satan in the light of the given comment we will find out that the hero of Paradise Lost and the hero of Macbeth has many common elements in them than the villain of OthelloThese three characters are turned into universal symbols by the necessity and the probability imposed on them by the two great literary geniuses In the Shakespearean tragedy if Othello is the symbol of love Iago is a perfect personification of hate --- the root of the evil In the biblical story of Fall the serpent comes from outside and secures their banishment from paradise by taking advantages of the weaknesses of Adam and Eve Iago is an alien in heaven created by Othello and Desdemona but it is their generosity that helps him to blast that heaven although he himself is ruined by the same generosity in an unsuspected corner Now if we turn our eyes towards the Miltonian masterpiece we will find that the Satan is also an evil incarnate and he exists only for the sake of sinfulnessBut at the same time he is not simply an Iago he is always prepared to sacrifice his personal good for the general welfare he is so full of sympathy and affection that when he stands to speak to his followers he is so filled with feelings of compassion that he cannot restrain his tears Thrice he assayd and thrice inspite of scorn Tears such as angels weep burst forth Iago like Satan in the
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