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The character of Satan is portrayed differently in Miltons Paradise Lost than it is in The Book of Job In the Book of Job Satan only appears in a small section of the story He approaches God to question Jobs faithfulness When asked where he came from Satan replies From going to and fro on the earth and from walking back and from walking back and forth on it Job17 Job22 Satan says that God has given Job many things but if he were to take them away Job would surely curse him To this God replies Behold all that he has is in your power only do not lay a hand on his person Job112 After this Satan takes away all of Jobs possessions Again Satan approaches God with the thought that Job will curse God if his life is harmed But stretch out Your hand now and touch his bone and his flesh and he will surely curse You to Your faceJob25 God allows Satan to do what he wishes to Job the only restriction is that he must spare his life After this Satan struck Job with painful boils from head to toe At this point in the Book of Job Satan leaves the story There is no physical description given of him and no reference of Hell In Miltons Paradise Lost Satan has been thrown into Hell for his pride the most deadly of the Seven Deadly Sins Satan wanted to be more powerful in Heaven Of rebel Angels by whose aid aspiring To set himself in glory above his peers He trusted to have equaled the Most High Against the throne and monarch of God Raised impious war in Heaven and battle proud With vain attempt lines 38-44 Satans wish is to be powerful He tries to turn the others against God so he may rule over them in Hell Here we may reign secure and in my choice
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