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Power Unfolded Throughout the text of Miltons Paradise Lost readers can see many instances of binary relationships connecting separate conceptual ideas The construction of authorship in the poem exists as a good example of just such a relationship This theme incorporates two very different ideas in the poem and is central to the understanding of issues concerning the creation and use of power The attention Milton gives to each character and their specific personality allows readers to interpret their actions as consciously chosen deeds within the larger framework of the poem Great detail is given to the idea of creation Beyond that of the creation of the world in Book I there are many instances where the act of creation itself becomes an act of endowing power on some object or person The most obvious example would be the creation of Adam and Eve by God By creating the pair God desires them to glorify His ways through their praises and deeds He gives them enough power over their destiny to choose to worship Him as the Almighty The fact that they have free will is important to God because they choose to give Him praise despite any outside temptation There is one obvious drawback to this kind of power They chose to follow Satans beguiling words The fact that they had the free will to follow Satans words meant that their decision was cosmically more important because it was arrived at through conscious thought We can see this idea of power demonstrated throughout Paradise Lost The dual relationship between the beneficial act of bestowing power at the time of creation and the negative side of the free will to use that power freely shows up within every character Instances of creation appear in every book and can be associated with every character Some of the first appearances of the word author are connected with the idea of creation In Book III the throngs of
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