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Milton 30

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English (Arts)
ENGL 316
Maggie Kilgour

Nov 29 - wandering in the desert, and extension on Adam and Eve's wandering - Milton's quite a serious dude, who's always wanted to do something that serves the people - he basically wanted to be an action hero - desert is a metaphor for withdrawing in to himself (the Son) - in this symbolic desert, he meets satan, which suggests that Satan is some part of himself - Satan is also serving God at this point - he's now God's flunky, working for him rather than against him - arise and vindicate thy glory - they need to wait instead of trying to push things to happen - Mary goes through something similar - when Christ goes up, Satan will go down - Satan is pressing for revelation and Christ is withholding it - Christ goes on about how he doesn't need food, just spiritual nourishment - Satan's dressed as a shepherd (false pastor) - the second temptation uses food too - he's kind of limited: it worked with Eve, why not with the Son - fasting he went to sleep and fasting he awoke, though Satan seems to want to make Christ's dreams a reality - this temptation recreates the ambiance of paradise lost (now there's a garden, and it's noon) - now Satan's just elaborating on his earlier temptation - music being played too, beautiful people, etc (to appeal to all senses) - he reminds Christ that none of the foods here are taboo - it's not as if God said "don't eat the mysterious banquet" - Christ chooses not to take anything not because there's a rule but because he doesn't want to for a couple of reasons a) he could do it himself - Christ says that though he could do it, he won't, because true power isn't just being powerful, but also having control over it - Satan reminds Christ that he could use this power if he so chose to become a national hero and save people - Satan reminds him that he's wasting his talents - parallel with Milton's own early life, where he was accused of wasting his life - revolution and deliverance: Christ claims that he doesn't want earthly power and glory (he's only serving God) - they who advance his glory, not their own shall be glorified by him (paradox) - God helps those who help themselves - there are a lot of ways that Christ's constant refutation makes him seem like a flat, negative character - Satan's tryin
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