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In Paradise Lost John Milton investigates the clashing emotions and attitudes of the main character Satan Although Satan is undeniably the prince of darkness the reader is able to identify with him as he appears to be witty attractive and endlessly captivating John Milton allows Satan to possess the complex emotions of man providing the character with qualities of both good and evil Ambition is a particularly desirable trait of Satan He responds to his eternal fate by declaring the mind is its own place and in itself can make a Heaven of a Hell a Hell of a HeavenBook I 254-255 Satans strong will and personality causes the audience to favor his position He cleverly utilizes dignity in affiliation with his determination to lead both his legion of fallen angels and the readers to believe that it is better to reign in Hell than serve in HeavenBook I 263 However Satans charming persona and unstoppable drive cannot conceal the fact that he is indeed the Devil Satan is able to influence his followers to battle God by presenting them with his own spontaneous perhaps false reasoning His mastery of deception and manipulation causes him to possess a certain power over the audience The devil is first described as He whose guile Stirred up with envy and revenge deceived The mother of mankind Book I 33-36 It can be assumed that John Milton presented Satan as a favorable character so the reader can fully understand the power of temptation Satans ambitious character proves to be far more complex than Gods and more interesting Paradise Lost successfully portrays humanistic features in Satan enabling readers to sympathize with him and to see the contrast between good and evil
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