He also describes a new goal: to see and tell of things invisible to mortal sight. Note that Satan tries to kill his only son, Death, when he first approaches the gates of hell. This passage also highlights the contrast between the Son and Satan. Between the earth and hell is Chaos. Hell, at least, is contained and is actually ruled by a some sort of law. As well, the fallen angels, previously glorious and beautiful, are now ugly and disfigured.
It is better to live in hell where God's light never interferes. Despite the logic of Moloch's proposal, Heaven and goodness will always be more powerful than evil, there is no battle. Satan tells them he is trying to get out of hell to find earth. A full understanding of the metaphors and images that Milton uses, however, would take more than a knowledge of his contemporary history or religious background. He created Man, he allows Satan to tempt Man, and then he blames Man for it. Satan flies over the gate and climbs a little way up the stairs. Natural occurrences in hell, such as the metaphor of the eclipsed sun, are symbols of natural, and therefore spiritual, decay.
He broaches the subject of the fallen angels and he repeats the same formulation, but he repeats it with a difference. Satan flies to the gates of hell where he meets two beings guarding the gate. Free free-market philosophy that we just take as a given almost was unthinkable before the middle years of the seventeenth century. Following the prologue, Milton reveals God, the Son Jesus , and the Heavenly Host in Heaven. Used by Milton to describe Satan's lies. This ecstatic redistribution of power and glory at the end of time can only come about because the Son has willingly humiliated himself.
And then the Son will come back and conquer death himself. He will never bow down to God and now, knowing more of the extent of God's might, the rebel angels might better know how to continue to fight him in an eternal war. The Temple of Satan, for example, has been thought to symbolize St. He praises God's resolution regarding man i. Heaven's council is a peaceful, rational conversation between God and his Son, both of whom seem to see and understand the same things.
Turn to page 260 in the Hughes. He's too tough for that. Corruption and evil, however, are tied to the irrational and thus to the unholy trinity. In concentric circles, or invisible globes surrounding earth, are the various orbits of the sun and moon, stars and planets around the earth the earth is still in the middle. The transfusion of divine power that Milton imagines, the transfer of power from Father to the Son, if extrapolated to the situation of the poet and his God, would guarantee the inspired success of the poem.
Analysis: Milton introduces the character of God and Son with preparatory phrases of praise, almost a hymn, describing the nature of God and heaven. Then he is distracted again by the sun and flies over to it. The reader learns that God and his have been looking down at all that has happened so far. God says that Man will be corrupted by Satan's treachery but that the evil will redound to Satan himself. Satan begins to addresses him.
Over the years, many commentators have questioned the positioning and effect of this passage. However, because Man was tempted to the fall by Satan, Man also deserves a chance for redemption and salvation. Milton took very seriously the biblical metaphors of Father and Son. Evil, though the furthest from God, is still under God's reign. Then he'll return to Heaven.
He does not stay put for long, though: he is drawn by the golden sun, hanging above the green and lush land, and flies toward it. Paradise Lost Book 3, Commentaries 3. The entire argument is scholastic, even pedantic, and in making it, God sounds more like a Dickensian schoolmaster than a magnanimous and loving father, and at this point, God's argument seems weakest. Satan, being a former angel of heaven, could have been aware of this weakness. Hell is punishment for turning away from the Good, but instead of learning his lesson, Satan becomes more stubborn and more proud.
. Beelzebub stands and tells the crowd that this will not do either. The Father and the Son are not aspects of the same deity. If they didn't have a choice, their obedience to God would be a joke; it wouldn't be meaningful. In assuming this capacity, the Son receives the ability to judge both bad men and angels.