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Paradise Lost Here May We Reign Secure Term Paper

… Paradise Lost

Here may we reign secure, and in my choice

To reign is worth ambition, though in Hell.

Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven."

Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 263)

Symbolism is not hard to find in John Milton's Paradise Lost. Over the centuries since Milton published this book, many scholars and intellectuals have critiqued Paradise Lost and found symbolic substance and deep meaning throughout the work. This paper will review several points of symbolism that have application and deeper meaning within the work. One thing is clear upon conducting research into Paradise Lost: John Milton was a giant of literature and spiritual philosophy in his time, he retains that status today, and likely always will. The impact of his writing…. [read more]

Heroic Qualities of the Son Term Paper

… In his mind, he had a cause and was willing to fight for that cause. Despite the fact that he is who he is, we can understand his admirable qualities, despite their negative motivations.

Satan is a strong character who does not give up easily and we see his true evil when he says to his angels:

Receive thy new possessor, one who brings mind not to be changed by place or time.

The mind is its own place, and in itself

Can make a Heaven out of Hell, a Hell out of Heaven. (I.252-5)

Satan is also seen as heroic because he is defiant, unafraid and very proud. We discover early in Paradise Lost how Satan presents himself as a defender of freedom. This…. [read more]

Utopian Writers of the 17th Century Term Paper

… Utopian Writers of the 17th Century

The stereotypical concept of utopia in the minds of the average citizen in contemporary American society - who is likely uninformed as to the literature and diversity of forms that utopia has taken historically - is that of a lovely paradise where life flows freely, there's no work to do, the weather's always gorgeous, stress and pressure are non-existent, and happy days are endless. However, this description shows naivete because first of all, utopian philosophies in most cases are not about giving humans a free ride in some fantasy world; and secondly, there are myriad definitions of utopia and numerous social and moral reasons why writers and philosophers advanced ideas of utopia. Thirdly, even scholars and literary icons are…. [read more]

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