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Analysis of John Miltons Paradise Lost Paradise Lost is a monumental epic poem in twelve books of blank verse Paradise Lost is based on the Bible and other writings available in the Renaissance Era The Epic begins with Miltons Intentions for Paradise Lost As stated in the beginning of the first book of Paradise Lost Miltons intentions for writing his religious epic are to assert Eternal Providence And justify the ways of God to men Book I ll 25-26 Miltons audience of course is a fallen audience like the narrator of the epic Therefore because the audience is essentially flawed there is a danger that we may not read the text as it was supposed to be read Some may think Satan is the hero of the epic Others may tend to blame God for allowing the falls to occur However both of these readings are thoughtless and are not what Milton has explicitly intended Therefore to prevent these prodigious readings Milton has cleverly interwoven a theme of personal responsibility for ones actions throughout the epic In this manner Milton neutralizes God from any unfair blame exposes Satan for the ill-Deceiver he is and justifies the falls of both Angel and Man A careful reading by the post-lapsarian audience reveals the authors intentions First and foremost Milton clears Gods supreme being from any suspicion of blame by post-lapsarian readers for letting the Angels rebel or Man eat of the forbidden fruit Milton skillfully defends Gods knowledge in Book III when God says to His Son they rebel angels themselves decreed Thir own revolt not I if I foreknew Foreknowledge had no influence on their fault Which had no less provd certain unforeknow my bold Book III ll 116-119 The concept of free-will is of utmost importance to God
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