After reading the beginning of Paradise Lost, I can’t lie, I was a little confused. Milton is a devoted lover of God, and identifies the holy spirit as his muse. I feel like Milton sees himself as one of God’s disciples, and obviously sees Heaven as the only true paradise. I also was just confused how he basically says God can do no wrong, and he is inherently and solely good, yet was the one who created this conflict and unjust place we know as Hell. Yet, it’s all part of God’s plan, and was meant to happen. Then we have the presence of Satan and the fallen angels, all banished by God to Hell, which Satan takes an opportunity and claims it as his own. It’s interesting to hear Milton’s in depth perspective on the story of Heaven and Hell, and how he so blissfully describes Heaven, and in extreme detail, bashes Hell. It is quite beautiful. I also have to acknowledge Satan’s individualism.
“To reign is worth ambition through in Hell:
Better to reign in Hell, then serve in Heav’n”Milton, pg 9, 262-263
He feels so betrayed by God, he makes it his mission to create a world of his own, the exact opposite of what he came from.
I just also have to point out how much I love the fact that Satan refers to his kingdom as Pandemonium. What a perfect word, that is also a word to describe a flock of parrots. I wonder if theres any significance to the word that relates to Hell.