Freedom In John Milton's The Infernal World Of Hell

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Moreover, the importance of freedom has been glorified as well in the consequences of Satan’s failure. Milton describes Hell, where Satan is punished, with vivid and effective pictures. It is the “infernal world” of horrors. He presents Hell as a concrete place through Satan’s eye “dry land”, “burning lake”, “gate”....etc. At once as far as Angels kenn he views The dismal situation waste and wild,
A Dungeon horrible, on all sides round
As one great furnace flam’d, yet from those flames
No light, but rather darkness visible
Serv’d only to discover sights of woe,
Regions of sorrow, doleful shades, where peace
And rest can never dwell, hope never comes
That comes to all; but torture without end
Still urges, and a fiery deluge, fed
With ever burning sulphur unconsum’d:
Such place eternal justice had prepar’d
For those rebellious, here thir prison ordain’d
In ytter darkness, and thir portion set
As far remov’d from God and light of Heav’n
As from the Centre thrice to th’utmost Pole.
O how unlike the place from whence they fell! (PL, 1: 59-74)
We can notice in this passage the intensity of Satan’s pain and the hopelessness of Hell that will last forever. In fact Milton’s graphic description has an overwhelming effect on his readers. People, in general, believe that painful situation will come, one day, into an end because of hope, but here in Hell there is no hope. Another time, Milton uses the description of Hell in the Bible and manipulates it to serve his purposes.

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