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Satan's Pride in Paradise Lost

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´╗┐Satan?s Hubris Leads to his Fall Because of the fallen angel?s obdurate pride, which eventually turns into vanity, Satan reaches his fall. Milton?s Satan in Paradise Lost is a complex character who is meant to be the evil figure in the epic poem. Whenever given the chance, Satan tries to undermine God, whom he despises. Satan?s pride initiates his disobedience to God. The opening scene shows Satan and his other former angels on a burning lake as they awaken after they were cast out of Heaven. From the beginning all the fallen angels realize, ?to be weak is miserable/.../ To do aught good never will be [their] task,/ but ever to do ill will be [their] sole delight,/ as being the contrary to His high will/ Whom we resist.? (l. ...read more.

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All the demons have their own plans of how they should go about being in Hell. Whether to fight back with war against Almighty God, or to be content with making their Hell a Heaven. They agree with Beezlebub that the right way to defeat God would be to sabotage his ?new race, called Man,? whom was ?favored more/ of Him who rules above.? (l. 348-351, II) They show how conniving they are when Beezlebub says, ?Thither let us bend all our thoughts, to learn/ what creatures there inhabit, of what mould/ or substance, how endued, and what their power/ and where their weakness: how attempted best, by force or subtlety.? (l. 354-358, II) Satan volunteers himself to be the one who will travel to this unknown world. ...read more.

Conclusion

791-792, IX) Later, Adam ate the fruit also because he couldn?t bear to live without Eve. When Satan returns to Hell he speaks to the devils at Pandemonium, they cheer, as they all think he has defeated God. But in actuality, God always wins. Satan then hears a loud hiss from his audience. Everyone in hell has been turned into snakes unwillingly, which is punishment from God for all their sins. In addition they have no food to eat, everytime they attempt to from a tree it turns to dust. Overall, Milton?s Satan is a character whose hubris causes his fall. He was so prideful that he believed that he and his demons from Hell could do anything, even defeat the omnipotent God. God proves to be in control of everything not just Heaven, even hell, he is undefeatable. ...read more.

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