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Miltons Paradise LostA Look WithinMiltons Satan continues to fascinate critics largely because he is so complex than the Devil of the Christian tradition appears Satans rebelliousness his seeking of transcendence his capacity for action particularly unconventional action endeared him to certain types of minds even if their viewpoint might be considered theologically misleading Milton often follows the road of intellectual definition for his characters of reasoning demonstration This serves well his theological and intellectual cohesiveness However when his thought becomes more conceptual rather than metaphoric it falls trap to its own special kind of static imprisonment Most of the images in Paradise Lost however have a substantial life of their own they are properties rather than metaphorsIn the presentation of Satan Milton is dealing with a special difficulty He is not presenting a human intelligence but an angelic one-a being the nature of which is almost impossible for the human mind to grasp Milton simplifies the matter by making spiritual intelligences more highly refined versions of human intelligence He is still left with one problem that of introducing a flaws in this refined beings Because of these refined intelligence these creatures should incline solely to goodSo farwel Hope and with Hope farwel FearFarwel Remorse all Good to me is lostEvil be thou my GoodIV 109-111In this intensely dramatic statement Satan renounces everything thats good His is not a lack of intelligence or weakness of character very simply an acceptance of evil It almost justifies C S Lewis observation What we see in Satan is the horrible co-existence of a subtle and incessant intellectual activity with an incapacity to understand anythingAlthough the statement Evil be thou my Good makes no sense on the surface it has a symbolic meaning as an expression of Satans will to reject the hierarchy of values set before him In doing so he creates an illusory world that reflects his adopted values which he accepts as reality His reality is based
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