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Paradise Lost- John Milton

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Andrew Lesk

th ENG110Y1Y (Summer)- Narrative May 18 , 2011 Lecture #2 (nothing covered in Lecture 1 will be on testsexamsassignments) Paradise Lost John Milton Epic Conventions used: 1. Invocation of the Muse Why does Milton do this? He delays it; plays with conventions 2. Familiar Story follows the story of Adam and Eve; we will already know the ending of Paradise Lost before we read it Why read it if you already know the ending? We want to know everything that happens beforehand; parts have likely been addedchanged its about the journey itself, rather than the outcome; how the story is told 3. Media res (middle) the story starts in the middle why not the beginning? In order to put focus on Satans defeat, the battle of the angels we arent privy to what was happening in heaven starts off with flashbacks to provide back story 4. Cast 5. Conflict conflict in heaven: Satan stands up to God, God sends him to hell 6. Dramatic Irony We know whats going on, but do the characters know? We know things that the characters do not (mainly Satan) (This is linked with #2: Familiar Story) Enjambment: Sentences dont end on one line but continue to the next line. Holy Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit in Paradise Lost, only the first two are present Main Theme: Milton wants to display Gods unknown agenda (Book 1, line 26). Vindication of Gods ways and affirms Jesus place in the Old Testament. Secondary Themes: Inordinate pride: Satans fall Revenge: Satans revenge for being sent to Hell by trying to subvert Gods plan to create Man Vanity: Eves vanity- succumbs to the serpent because she wants to be more independent from
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