CP English IV
19 November 2012
In John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost, Milton illustrates Satan with more human characteristics than when we are used to in respects to Satan. In Paradise Lost Satan is stubborn, power hungry, childish, distracted by the Hell he is in, and Beelzebub, which causes unrealistic thinking. These character traits of Satan are the reasons why Satan is still in Hell, and why he believes he will escape.
The first characteristic of Satan that blinds him from his reality is his atmosphere. Satan is banished from Heaven a light-hearted place, to Hell, where nothing seems possible. “But his doom Reserved him to more wrath; For now he thought both of lost happiness and lasting pain tourments him ;”(53). The only feeling in hell is darkness and revenge not hope nor kindness, this only ignites anger in hell among Satan and the others. “As one great furnace flamed; yet from those flames No light, but rather darkness visible Served only to discover sights of woe,”(62). Satan and his followers will forever be tortured and punished in hell; which creates no regret in Satan’s actions and only furthers his anger towards God. “where peace and rest can never dwell, hope never comes, That comes to all but torture without end”(65)
Beelzebub’s character also illustrates confusion and false realties to Satan. Beelzebub is the closest to Satan throughout their time in Hell. “Joined with me once now misery hath joined in equal ruin,”(90). Satan is often reminded by Beelzebub what a great leader he is which distracts Satan from the fact that he has forever lost the war against God. “O prince, O chief of many throned powers,”(128). When the war started in heaven Satan was disobeying God, and god now wants him to obey by having him stay in Hell; Beelzebub taunts Satan with the question, why should we obey him now, only distancing Satan from coming to terms with the fact that they have lost. “Here in the heart...