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How does John Milton portray Satan in his poem Paradise Lost In this epic poem Satans traits include pride treachery and persistent spitefulness I believe that these character traits compare to the leadership of Howe Military School Satan commits many prideful acts throughout the poem This shows when Milton writes what time his pride Had cast him out of Heaven with all his host of rebel angels by whose aid aspiring To set himself in glory above his peers36-39 This line states that God threw Satan from Heaven because of his sin of pride in trying to set himself above his peers The actions of certain Howe Cadet leaders compare to the pride of Satan when they over extend their power beyond the boundaries set forth by the school His pride caused him to over extend his power and commit his next error Milton writes He trusted to have equaled the Most High If he opposed and with ambitious aim Against the throne and monarchy of God Raised impious war in Heaven and battle proud With vain attempt40-43 This line shows that Satans pride caused him to believe he was equal to God That belief led him to betray God attempting to create a coup in Heaven This action compares to Howe Cadet leaders when they betray other cadets in vain to gain more power Satan thrived off the power he had in Heaven and tries to gain more just as Cadet leaders often do When he fails to gain more power he looks to take revenge against those who resisted him After God throws Satan from Heaven Satan realizes his mistake in underestimating the power of God and becomes spiteful He refuses to accept his punishment and looks for a way to offend Heaven This is shown when Milton wrote As being the contrary to his high will Whom we resist If then his
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