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Paradise Lost is an epic - poem based on the Biblical story of Adam end Eve It attempts to justify and explain how we came to be what we are today The central question to Paradise Lost is where does evil comes from Throughout the poem we receive information about the origin of evil At the beginning of John Miltons work we are given the Biblical explanation of Adam and Eve eating from the tree of knowledge and being expelled from the Garden of Eden This was mans first disobedience which brought him mortality and at the same time this first act gave source to all evil This was the effect of ambition Adam end Eve both ate the apple from the tree in order to achieve a level of knowledge compatible to Gods The same way according to Paradise Lost Satan is also known to be the source of evil Satan was sent to Hell as cause of ambition For the second time ambition and the desire to become more powerful or knowledgeable was the basis of evil Satan challenged God and was condemned to evil The mind is its own place and in itself can make a Heaven of Hell a Hell of Heaven Hell is clearly a state of mind According to the non-physical aspects of Hell described at the end of the poem one can conclude even from the quote mentioned above that Hell is what we think of it to be Can the human exploration for answers ambition for knowledge and curiosity reach a level that then threatens humans themselves The answer to this question is YES If we examine subjects such as human cloning nuclear weapons and medicine there may be different responses My personal feeling is that anything that alters or changes life itself in exception to medicine is not to be studied nor developed We humans are curious and this is simply innate We will continue
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