The Wildness Of Nature In John Milton's Paradise Lost

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In John Milton’s novel, Paradise Lost, Milton tries to juggle with the complicated idea of where he believes humanity belongs in nature, and this is juxtaposed by their assumed success or failure of the matter. His points seem to be clear on where he thinks humans stand throughout this piece. However they become contrasting when the readers begin to look at the deeper meaning of why the first humans are unsuccessful. Milton’s writing implies two sides, the first being that he thought humans were put on the earth to control nature, but that idea is contrasted and complicated by the other side in that they would never be able to accomplish it well enough to satisfy because nature is too vast to actually control. Milton never addressed the issue with having a life purpose that can never be fulfilled. Book four in the novel sets the tone for this concept of the wildness of nature before…show more content…
Yet, their solutions are small and bound for failure. Milton is trying to show the inevitability of failure when trying to control the earth. This side directly contrasts with the idea at the beginning of the poem that humans are meant to be the stewards of the earth, not just because no one else will do it, but also because it it very much needed. Milton’s contradicting sides become hard to apply to a grander scale because they so obviously say the opposite things. One identifies it as man’s destiny to control the Earth because it is meant to be controlled and is inherently bad when natural. However the other states that it is impossible to truly control the Earth, it is too vast and there will never be enough hands or people. I would argue that his stronger point here is the latter, considering it comes later in the novel and is supported by the direct effects of the work Adam and Eve were doing, rather than the words and implied meanings behind them in book
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