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Miltons Depiction of the Serpent as Satan John Miltons use of the serpent to represent the evil of Satan captures the depth and detail that is implied in the Bible pertaining to the Beast that is Satan Rev 123-18 13 1-8 Milton first introduced the reader to the character Satan the representative of all evil and his allegiance of fallen angels that aided in his revolt against God Milton 35 Only later did Milton introduce the reader to all powerful God leader and creator of all mankind This introduction of Satan first led the reader to believe acts of sin were good just like Eve felt in the Garden of Eden when she was enticed by Satan as a serpent to eat the fruit off of the Tree of Knowledge Milton 255 The Bible does not share this view of good sin Though I say to the virtuous man that he shall surely live if he then presumes on his virtue and does wrong none of his virtuous deeds shall be remembered because of the wrong he has done he shall dieEzekiel 3312 The later introduction of The Almighty had the readers change their feelings towards sin as the ways of God were introduced to them and these ways were shown to be the way to feel and believe This levy of good vs evil carried on throughout the poem with the interaction of Satan and his fallen angels with God and his son in Heaven The huge dragon the ancient serpent who is called the Devil and Satan who deceived the whole world was thrown down to earth and its angels were thrown down with it Rev 129 One common representation of sin and evil came from the lead character in the battle against God Satan His name means enemy of God He was a former high angel from Heaven named Lucifer meaning light bearer John However in Paradise Lost Milton uses
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