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Milton 17

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English (Arts)
ENGL 316
Maggie Kilgour

Oct 25 - very Miltonic: we start down low, in the dark, in Hell, then we proceed up to Heaven, in the light - then we go to Eden, which is kind of in the middle. and it's evening, which means that it's neither dark or light. - narrator breaks in for a bit and wishes that someone will warn them against the evils of Satan - this shows that the narrator has foreknowledge, but is unable to do anything about it - this draws a parallel between him and God - this pulls the attention towards God's foreknowledge and Adam and Eve's freewill - since he feels that having God reassert his inability to act doesn't work, so he must use narrative techniques to make us understand - he's showing us that we, too, are in the same situation as God - the first thing that Milton wrote was Satan's hymn to the sun - thus coming to book four brings us to a genesis - Satan's poem to the sun is like the narrator's poem to the light - Milton's representation of Paradise (this clearly tells us a lot about the author, because each of our personalities are going to contribute to what we want) - Milton makes a lot of descriptions of the landscape - the thicket is unwelcoming and protecting - the trees ascend, and then there are walls, and then there are more trees: kind of an overkill on the protection front - there are so many enclosures - everything is protecting - these walls clearly aren't very useful - Satan just leaps over them - if they're there to keep something out, then God is not very bright - the alternative is to keep something in - as well, you can look at it as the walls are concealing, making things private, not repressing etc - it's as if Adam and Eve are still at an early stage, so they're starting small and then they'll eventually grow beyond the boundaries - the "thicketness" of it, from a different perspective: - river flowing under a mountain - is it protecting or restraining or guiding or what? - the garden is very fertile and sensual: Milton doesn't want a world that's just spiritually satisfying, it has to appeal to the
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