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Exploring a Passage in John Miltons Paradise Lostreaches out and pulls in references and allusions to other literary works making it Miltons most influential piece of literary work The writing echoes primary epic and the epics elevated language of describing people and events in great detail and in super realistic termsPrimary epic often uses nature as a simile as with the line Thick with autumnal leaves that strew the brook303 This line portrays an image of thousands of dead brown wet and muddy leaves which add more depth to the portrait of the fallen angels described in the passages from lines 299-313 To assert this description further Milton uses references to specific places to affirm and reinforce the grand stature of the characters to whom he is referring For example the demons are High over-arched embower or scattered sedge Afloat when with fierce winds Orion armed Hath vexed the Red Sea coast 304-06Orion armed is associated with seasonal storms and The Red Sea in Hebrew is called The sea of sedge These two images when combined add a fierce and grimy portrait of these fiends They seem to be hovering and waiting for the right moment to generate chaos in the world G-d has thrown them down to Milton has in this passage begun the process of characterization of these demons He endows Satan with heroic qualities and his cohortsemerge as militant followers of a stately yet ominous leaderAlthough Satan has heroic qualities and his angels are portrayed as evil warriors Milton often has these rebellious angels remember what they have lost and given up This helps to express the nature of their evil Each demon is aware of their condition and their transgression from Heaven to Hell and they are Under amazement of their hideous change 313The main theme of the poem as a whole is the examination of the origin of human Christian civilization the emergence of evil and how evil
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