Paradise Lost By John Milton

 

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'Paradise Lost'

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Q. Consider 'Paradise Lost' as an Epic.
Q. What qualities of an epic do you find in 'Paradise Lost'?

 

Answer: Paradise Lost is one of the finest examples of epic tradition in all of literature. Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton. It was originally published in 1667 (though written nearly ten years earlier) in ten books, with a total of over ten thousand individual lines of verse. A second edition followed in 1674, re-divided into twelve books (in the manner of the division of Virgil's Aeneid) with minor revisions throughout and a note on the versification; the majority of the poem was written while Milton was blind, and was transcribed for him.....Read More.

 

 

Q. Give a description of Hell as depicted in Paradise Lost, Book-1.

 

Answer: Of all the narrative passages in Paradise Lost, Book-I, John Milton’s description of Hell stands out unique by virtue of its graphics pictorial quality and its evocation of a sense of gloomy terror. Though Milton was aware of the Renaissance concept that heaven and hell are no specifics topographical locals, but states of the mind itself, he clings to the medieval concept of Hell of having topographical entity. Milton presents Hell as a place designed for the eternal punishment of the fallen angels....Read More.

 

 

Q. In what sense Milton is the child of Renaissance and Reformation?
Q. Show the blending of Renaissance and Reformation in Milton’s work.

 

Answer: Milton's work reflects the influence of both the reformation and the Renaissance. The Renaissance and the Reformation had their impact on England in the sixteenth century. Generally speaking, they exerted pulls in mutually opposite directions. Most of the Elizabethans came under the classical and humanistic influence of the Renaissance but did not admit the influence of the Reformation on their literary work. Spenser among them, however, tried obviously to reconcile the 'two enthusiasms.....Read More.

 

 

Q. Discuss the character of Beelzebub in Paradise Lost.

 

Answer: In Paradise Lost, Beelzebub, along with Satan, was one of the brightest angels in heaven. After losing the war Satan and Beelzebub were hurled down from heaven by God, and imprisoned in hell. The pair deeply wanted revenge on God, and it was Beelzebub who came up with the plan for furtive revenge. The plan was to sabotage paradise, and mortal men. Beelzebub said, 'Less in power and excellence, but more favored by God'. From then, they try to complete their plan of seducing men to follow Satan.....Read More.

 

 

Q. Do the speeches of Satan reveal that Milton was of the Devil's party without
knowing it? Justify your answer with reference to 'Paradise Lost, Book 1'.

 

Answer: It was William Blake who observed that Milton belonged to the Devil’s party without knowing it. The remark implies that Milton unconsciously glorified Satan, especially in Book 1 of Paradise Lost. This point of view is typical of the Romantic spirit, and it makes Satan the real hero of Paradise Lost. The Romantics admired indomitable courage and love of freedom, both of which Satan show in plenty in Book 1 of Paradise Lost. However, one cannot admire these qualities as good in themselves, ignoring the moral values connected with them in the context of the poem....Read More.

 

 

Q. Discuss the conflict between good and evil in Paradise Lost, Book 1.
Q. Discuss the conflict between God vs. Satan in Paradise Lost.

 

Answer: In the poem, Paradise Lost Satan was thrown out of heaven for rebelling against God and all that is good. He was the archangel and is the most beautiful and perfect angel, but he was not so perfect because he had flaws. Some of the flaws he had were pride that led to ambition and jealousy that led deception. The flaw that led him to destruction was pride, because since he was the most beautiful angel, he believed he was the greatest in heaven. He questioned why should he serve God, and evidently led a rebellion against God in a chance to overthrow Him....Read More.

 

 

Q. Elucidate the importance of The Fourth Book of Paradise Lost.

 

Answer: In the Fourth book of Paradise Lost, we are given more insight into the character of Eve and Satan. As Eve narrates her first waking moments after her own creation, we are immediately introduced to Eve's weakness, vanity. She awakes near a lake and sees an image of herself and thinks the images beautiful. Modern readers, especially coming from a feminist perspective, might view Eve's admiration of herself not as vanity or a weakness, but rather as a gesture of self-confidence and independence from man....Read More.

 

 

Q. Describe the character of Adam in Paradise Lost.

 

Answer: Adam is the first human created by God. Though initially alone, Adam demands a mate from God. Considered God's prized creation, Adam, along with his wife, rules over all the creatures of the world and resides in the Garden of Eden. He is more gregarious than Eve, and yearns for her company. His complete infatuation with Eve, while pure in and of itself, eventually contributes to his joining her in disobedience to God....Read More.

 

 

Q. Give the character sketch of Eve in Paradise Lost.

 

Answer: Eve is the second human created by God, taken from one of Adam's ribs and shaped into a female form of Adam. Far from the traditional model of a good wife, she is often unwilling to be submissive towards Adam. She is more intelligent and curious about external ideas than her husband. Though happy, she longs for knowledge and, more specifically, self-knowledge. Her first act in existence is to turn away from Adam and look at and ponder her own reflection. Eve is extremely beautiful and thoroughly in love with Adam, though may feel suffocated by his constant presence. One day, she convinces Adam that it would be good for them to split up and work different parts of the Garden. In her solitude, she is tempted by Satan to sin against God. Adam shortly follows along with her....Read More.

 

 

 

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