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ENG303H1 Lecture Notes - Simile

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Paradise Lost
Clues on how to read
Hermeneutic problem of hero
Think we know but we don’t
Leviathan simile
o 201Leviathan, which God of all his works
o 202Created hugest that swim th' Ocean stream:
o 203Him haply slumbring on the Norway foam
o 204The Pilot of some small night-founder'd Skiff,
o 205Deeming some Island, oft, as Sea-men tell,
o 206With fixed Anchor in his skaly rind
o 207Moors by his side under the Lee, while Night
o 208Invests the Sea, and wished Morn delayes:
Seductive Satan, soliloquy like Hamlet
Sympathy to Satan -> reveals plucking of fruit again
Fish - Same weakness of Adam
Inevitability of falling into weakness -> show how we have fallen in world
o 209So stretcht out huge in length the Arch-fiend lay
o 210Chain'd on the burning Lake, nor ever thence
o 211Had ris'n or heav'd his head, but that the will
o 212And high permission of all-ruling Heaven
o 213Left him at large to his own dark designs,
o 214That with reiterated crimes he might
o 215Heap on himself damnation, while he sought
o 216Evil to others, and enrag'd might see
o 217How all his malice serv'd but to bring forth
o 218Infinite goodness, grace and mercy shewn
o 219On Man by him seduc't, but on himself
o 220Treble confusion, wrath and vengeance pour'd.
283He scarce had ceas't when the superiour Fiend
284Was moving toward the shoar; his ponderous shield
285Ethereal temper, massy, large and round,
286Behind him cast; the broad circumference
287Hung on his shoulders like the Moon, whose Orb
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