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Sex Violence and Lust in Miltons Paradise LostThere is no reason to apply modern theories to Milton if we do not care whether Milton remains alive However if we wish him to be more than a historical artifact we must do more than just study him against the background of his time We must reinterpret him in light of the germane thought of our own age -James Driscoll The Unfolding God Of Jung and Milton Images and allusions to sex and death are intermingled throughout John Milton s Paradise Lost The character of Satan serves as not only an embodiment of death and sin but also insatiated sexual lust The combination of sex and lust has significant philosophical implications especially in relation to themes of creation destruction and the nature of existence Milton in Paradise Lost establishes that with sex as with religion he is of no particular hierarchical establishment However Milton does not want to be confused with the stereotypical puritan Milton the poet seems to celebrate the ideal of sex yet he deplores concupiscence and warns against the evils of lust insisting lust leads to sin violence and death From the beginning Satan like fallen humanity not only blames others but also makes comic and grandiose reasons for his evil behavior Yet despite his reasoning to seek revenge against God his true motivation for escaping from hell and perverting paradise is at least partly something more basic Satan needs sex
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