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How far do you agree with Dr Johnson that Miltons work lacks human interest?

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How far do you agree with Dr Johnson that Milton's work lacks human interest? Samuel Johnson, or Dr Johnson as he was sometimes referred as, was a great English author who made enduring contributions to English literature. Being such a distinguished and renowned author, his views on literature were and still are today, stern and well-known. However, I have views both agreeing with and opposing Dr Johnson's view that Milton's work lacks human interest. Firstly, human interest strictly speaking, is about everyday people just like us, being able to relate to a story, and possibly learn something from it and put it into practise in our own lives. The epic poem Paradise Lost concerns the Christian story of the Fall of Man, while dealing with more present topics such a marriage and politics. Milton's purpose, as stated in book I, is to "justify the ways of God to men." This is a good base to start my argument on, which is that I do not agree with Dr Johnson, and believe that Milton's work does hold human interest. ...read more.

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However, a big factor to consider is whether people actually believe in God or not. Atheists wouldn't take any notice of this argument, let alone and interest of Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost. This is my argument agreeing with Dr Johnson and saying that Milton's work does lack human interest. To an atheist, they would take absolutely no interest in the Fall of Man, and wouldn't believe anything about God and heaven. Also being literal about it, for anyone, let alone an atheist, it is hard to relate to an event that happened such a long time ago, and we only know to be true from a book and lots of believers. How do we even know that this happened? How do we even know God exists? These are all questions that are very important when answering this question. Many different theological issues are presented in the epic poem, such as fate, the introduction of sin and death into the world, as well as the nature of angels, heaven, hell and Satan. However, sin and death cannot be ignored, even by atheists, as these two issues are both around us and will happen to us in our lives. ...read more.

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The knowledge of Jesus Christ and the garden of Eden is general knowledge, and therefore must be of human interest. Also, the hard work that men and women have to endure, and the pain of giving birth for a woman are all consequences of Eve picking the apple off the tree and disobeying God's only rule. And therefore, as we all experience hard work, and the majority of women experience child birth, we can all relate to this in some way or another. So, having analysed and read through this epic poem, I am going to disagree with Dr Johnson that Milton's work lacks human interest. I think that everyone can relate to Milton's work in one way or another. You could say, that if you were not able to relate to his work, then you havent related to the story of Creation and havent learnt about God or Christ. Also, you do not need to believe in all of the Creation stories and the Garden of Eden to have related to Milton's work. Above all, Milton is a fantastically talented writer, and that alone is a reason as to why Milton's work does contain human interest. ...read more.

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