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In Miltons Paradise Lost sexuality is an innate part of human nature Milton celebrates Adam and Eves prelapsarian connubial love PL IV 743 singing Hail wedded Love PL IV 750 In its proper place in the hierarchy below God sex in Miltons view is sacred and spiritual sanctioned by God Sacred sex is portrayed almost as an intellectual act rather than a physical act as a union of souls rather than a union of bodies In contrast however lascivious sex is associated with bestial imagery and tortured sleep It is the abdication of God for physical pleasure that Milton condemns By contrasting Adam and Eves pure love before the Fall to their enflamed carnal desire PL IX 1013 after the Fall Milton celebrates the idea of sex but deplores lasciviousness and warns against the evils of such behavior These attitudes are revealed in two key scenes in Paradise Lost which depict Adam and Eve making love and then falling asleep The first passage characterized by a holy and solemn tone shows the prelapsarian bliss of Adam and Eve and their Nuptial Bed PL IV 710 Adam and Eve pray to God before retiring to thir blissful Bower PL IV 689 demonstrating their adoration pure Which God likes best PL IV 737-8 As Eve decorates the Nuptial Bed heavnly Quires sing the Hymenaean PL IV 711 lauding the sanctity of marriage By saying God declares it Pure PL IV 746-7 and calling it mysterious Law PL IV 750 the poet proclaims the sacredness of marriage Furthermore his use of the words innocence PL IV 745 true PL IV 750 holiest PL IV 759 undefild and chast PL IV 761 and blest pair PL IV 774 support the claim It is important to note that in less than twenty lines Milton uses the word pure four times PL IV 737 745 747755 This love is Founded in Reason Loyal Just and Pure PL IV 755
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