How does john Milton make Satan the most appealing and compelling character within the poem Paradise Lost. Offer your very own explanation for this “fascination” with the devil. Can you parallel Handels’ music Messiah with Miltons’ poetry Paradise Lost? And, how might the music and poetry be aligned to the visual graphic art of Rembrandt?
- John Milton, Paradise Lost, (reading #4.7)
- Rembrandt van Rijn, The Hundred-Guilder, (fig#21.6)
- G.F. Handel, The Messiah, (cassette II selection 3)
In the poem Paradise Lost, John Milton makes Satan appealing and compelling simply by describing him. In his introduction of Satan, Milton says “His mighty stature; on each hand the flames Driv’n backward slope their pointing spires, and rolled In billows, leave I’ th’ midst a horrid vale”. That little excerpt about Satan is enough for him to appeal to the reader. In the poem John Milton makes Satan out to be bigger than God when he said the almighty was envious of Satan. I feel...