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Absalom and Achitophel Father and Son As related to Absalom and Achitophel Absalom and Achitophel begins in the world of Old Testament history The vague biblical past of the opening lines lets the narrative to be set from 2 Samuel in a wide historical frame that hopes to legitimize the kings promiscuity by associating the king as father of the land In pious times er priestcraft did begin Before polygamy was made a sin When one man on many multiplied his kind Ere one to one was cursedly confined When nature prompted and no law denied Promiscuous use of concubine and bride Then Israels monarch after Heavens own heart His vigorous warmth did variously impart To wives and slaves and wide as his command Scattered his Makers image through the land l 1-10 The association between God and David is made through the clever comparison of divine and human fertility There is some irony in seeing Gods abundant creation reflected in the kings sexual extravagances but the irony doesnt reduce the status of the king It serves at the beginning of the poem to separate the person of the king from the office of the king The opening scenes emphasize David as an indulgent father not as head of the country Davids pleasure in Absalom parallels Gods attitude toward Adam in the Garden All of Absaloms motions are accompanied with grace And paradise was opened in his face With secret joy indulgent David viewed His youthful image in his son renewed To all his wishes nothing he denied And made the charming Annabel his bride l 29-34 The easy going nature of Absalom put together with the specific reference to paradise help establish him as the figure from Eden that will be seen again in the temptation The characterization of David emphasizes a combination of divine and human paternity Like God David takes great joy in his creation like God he supplies Absalom with
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