How well does Milton create the image of Hell for the reader between the lines 61 and 77?
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Elin Ford-Davies How well does Milton create the image of Hell for the reader between the lines 61 and 77? During the lines 61-77 of Paradise Lost, Milton deals with and portrays many important events from the bible. He manages to use complex language and effective descriptions, to convey the evilness of Hell and all of the fallen angels, effectively to the reader. Milton begins by describing what happened in the Garden of Eden to the reader. He gives the story of Adam and Eve's journey and shows us what will happen if we give into such temptations. This is also significant in showing us the path to hell and the sins to avoid.
The fallen angels are obviously being severely punished for they're evilness. Hell is described as a "dungeon horrible, on all sides round", and Milton also makes a point of mentioning that there will be no end to the torture that these fallen angels will receive. Hell is also described as a prison, and obviously the fallen angels are now the prisoners. There is no escaping; they have to face what they deserve. Milton uses great contrast in describing hell compared to heaven. "As one great furnace flamed; yet from those flames No light; but rather darkness visible" Milton uses this line to prove how much of a terrible place hell is, so terrible it's nearly impossible to imagine.
Milton also uses great and impressive forms of imagery; he uses flames and fire as a running theme throughout these lines. Flames and fire are perceived as being evil, and are generally thought of as a threat. Flames are also very jagged and unpredictable, maybe like the unpredictable force of evil behind each of the fallen angels. Milton uses the flame description to show us that maybe there's no escape for these fallen angels, just like there's never an escape from a room full of flames. During these few lines, Milton manages to create a great sense of atmosphere and also manages to describe to the reader in great detail, using interesting forms of imagery, exactly what kind of place hell is. He succeeds in creating a clear picture of hell in the readers mind.
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