This speech and resolution of Satan is the point of contention with various critics about whether or not Satan is truly a hero. This question is raised as soon as morality is included into the equation of heroism. Satan’s strength of character and determination is unmatched, however his intent is questionable. Here, one may draw a parallel between the character of Satan in Paradise Lost and the title character from Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth. Macbeth like Satan, is driven by undying ambition to achieve his goals by all means and this leads to his eventual downfall.
John Milton’s Paradis Lost is an extravagant poem enlisting the elegance of man’s first act of disobedience towards God. Thus, referencing upon the consequences that result from it. Though Milton’s predicament is seemingly hopeless, he manages to endure. Posing as a puissant figure, standing amongst God’s army of fellow angels, “As when though stood 'st in Heav’n uprights and pure; That glory then, when thou no more waft good” (Milton), Satan has pronounced himself as a more evolved threat of God’s army. In which, Satan withstands the subtle title of an embellishing evil as well as the opening of danger given the opportunity.
In the end, all abandon Faustus, the scholars and the Good Angel leaving him to face the torturing devils alone. His mutilated body is later found, and the Chorus enters to explain the tragic lessons to be learned from Doctor Faustus 's regretted choices.” 7 Conclusion Overall, Christopher Marlowe was a great Elizabethan playwright; he wrote the moral play doctor Faustus, he was famous for his proposed “atheism” which turned out to be likely false or not as we know “atheism” now and used it to cover up the fact that he was a spy, but authorities possibly killed him for being accused of “atheism” which opened up many mysterious things about his life. In my opinion Marlowe was a catholic sympathizer and used his reputation as an atheist to hide his secret life as a spy and draw more
Although John Milton’s Paradise Lost remains to be a celebrated piece recounting the spiritual, moral, and cosmological origin of man’s existence, the imagery that Milton places within the novel remains heavily overlooked. The imagery, although initially difficult to recognize, embodies the plight and odyssey of Satan and the general essence of the novel, as the imagery unravels the consequences of temptation that the human soul faces in the descent from heaven into the secular realms. Though various forms of imagery exist within the piece, the contrast between light and dark imagery portrays this viewpoint accurately, but its interplay and intermingling with other imagery, specifically the contrasting imagery of height and depth as well as cold and warmth, remain to be strong points
The religious preferences and philosophy of the English Renaissance affected Shakespeare’s writing. The battle for a man’s soul comes from the Christian idea of God in heaven conflicting with Satan in the world. Shakespeare views evil as more than only bad deeds; it breaks the holy order that God instituted to hold the universe together (Miller). Expanding
Satan now is classified as the villain of Paradise Lost, there must be a hero within the words of this epic. The hero is presented later on in the novel, as the first man, or more commonly known as Adam. He was God 's creation, made in his image and likeness, and was known to be favored above the angels. Adam has all of the classifications of being a tragic hero as well. He has a tragic flaw where his love of Eve takes over his love of God as stated "With liberal hand: be scrupl 'd not to eat Against his better knowledge, not deciev 'd But fondly overcome with Female charm."
Hogan pointed out that Milton’s prototypes of Satan, Eve and Adam and the story of the fall influenced John Dryden, William Blake, Shelley as well as the novelist Daniel Defoe (op.cit.). Nonetheless, Milton’s paradise Lost initiated a more significant debate about who (if any) was its hero. Joseph Addison, in one of his famous essays in The Spectator, argued that Milton had no hero in the classical sense, and if there is one it must be Christ. John Dryden named Satan as its technical hero and both William Blake and Shelley relied on Milton’s description of Satan to declare him on the side of Lucifer, who; “…above the rest// In shape and gesture proudly eminent,// Stood like a tower…”(Paradise Lost; I.598-91) As a matter of fact, Milton’s debatable hero drove Childs and Fowler (ibid; 105) to announce that “getting rid of ‘the hero’ seemed a critical necessity since the concept (of hero) was a barrier to the understanding of literary structures…and critics preferred the slippery term ‘character’. But, with novels like Wuthering Heights, and the writings of Vladimir Nabokov and Samuel Beckett, there emerged villainous or insane narrator-heroes who forced the term ‘antihero’ to fill a gap that the term ‘character’ could not fill.
The debacle, the war between good and evil, as defined by the author, begins with the telling of creation tales, as the Danes were “[t]elling with mastery of man’s beginnings” (91). Their creation tale is explained as glorious, supernatural, and blessed. Grendel, “whom the creator outlawed,” a seed of Cain, is deemed “a fiend out of hell” (106, 100). Based on context, it appears that Grendel may have at one point been on the “inside,” but because of a murderous act and sin, he is now known as an outsider. Later, the author seems to slightly divert his attention from the overall narrative, to a more direct address of specific actions of the Danes, their ungodly ways and “heathenish hope” (179).
Pfeiffer and Julie presented in their article various views about the hero of Paradise Lost , some of these agree that Satan is the hero like when they said "The most famous such response is, of course, that of the Romantic poets who suggested that Satan is, in fact, the hero of the epic" additionally " Whereas Shelley and many of his contemporaries may have found in Satan the true hero of Paradise Lost ..." Likewise, kaiter and sandiuc said "Satan deserves the tragic hero status. He has not only the statue of a tragic hero, but also his attributes
As one of the most dynamic characters in Paradise Lost, Satan, the main character of the story, exhibits several attributes highly regarded in the seventeenth century. Similar to the men in The Odyssey, Satan expresses a mix of brains and brawn–both of which continued to be held in high regard through the centuries. Though having lost to God and those in heaven, Satan nevertheless proves his physical capabilities through his leadership of the fallen angels and in the war against his Creator. However, like Odysseus, Satan makes use more of his brains, the mental capabilities for which his character has become best known. It is he who devises the plan to “ ‘To waste [God’s] whole creation’ ” and “ ‘Seduce them to our party, that their God / May prove their foe, and with repenting hand / Abolish his own works.