Character of “Satan” in Paradise Lost



Satan has the most prominent position in Paradise Lost. In spite of the fact that the fundamental subject of the sonnet is the “Man’s first disobedience”  yet it is the character of Satan which gives a touch of enormity to this epic. Al the beautiful forces of Milton are demonstrated on the outline of the grand identity of the foe of God and Man, i.e. Satan.

As it is indicated in Paradise Lost Book-I that the character of Satan is a mix of the honorable and the disgraceful, the commended and the mean, the incredible and the low, consequently, it gets hard to pronounce him either a saint or a wholly villain.

In Paradise Lost Book-I we can barely question his gallant qualities on the grounds that this book completely shows his commendable resolve, brilliant determination, enduring certainty and mind boggling boldness. Then again, the reference book of religion expels a portion of the disarray from our psyches with respect to Satan’s character in the accompanying words:

“Satan means the arch-enemy of men, the adversary of God and of Christianity, a rebel against God, a lost arch-angle.”

Milton additionally affirms the comments and lets us know that Satan is a chief heavenly messenger. At the point when God announces the Holy Christ his emissary, Satan declines to acknowledge God’s request on the grounds that he himself is a certain for it, his false quality and pride heads him to rebel against God for the satisfaction of his desire for force yet he and his armed force endures a substantial thrashing and toss headlong into the pit of heck.

Milton’s portrayal of Satan’s tremendous physical measurement, the substantial arms he conveys, his tower like identity and his motion make him every last bit a legend. In his first discourse, Satan tells Beelzebub that he doesn’t apologize of what he did and that thrashing has accumulated no transform him whatsoever. He expresses paramount lines:


“What though the field be lost?
All is not lost – the unconquerable will,
And study of revenge, immortal hate,
And courage never to submit or yield.”

Really he is not prepared to bow before the will of God and is resolved to wade and unceasing war by power and will never trade off. He gladly calls himself the new holder of the profoundest damnation and stupidly claims to have a brain never to be changed by energy or time. As he says:


“The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.”

Despite the fact that Satan experiences unending mental and physical torment in damnation yet he is completely fulfilled on the grounds that he is at freedom to do whatever he enjoys, without any limitation. The accompanying line plainly shows his idea of opportunity.

“Better to rule in Hell, the Serve in Heaven.”

It could be said without any uncertainty that Satan gives a proof of incredible authority qualities which are surely deserving of an epic legend and Beelzebub likes him for his resolute temperances as the commandant of unfaltering uprightness as the officer of fallen blessed messengers. His discourse to the fallen holy messengers is a sole top of his extraordinary authority in light of the fact that it imbues another soul in the vanquished heavenly attendants who leave the pit of slope with their swords and are prepared to face any risk paying little heed to their squashing and mortifying annihilation on account of God. We completely praise Satan’s perspectives on the subjects of honor, requital and opportunity, however we can’t help sympathizing him on the grounds that he epitomizes insidious. He is the encapsulation of rebellion to God.

As the ballad continues, the character of Satan ruffians and he neglects to create any impression to genuine bravery on the grounds that he is ethically a corrupted figure. When we nearly inspect his tended to his supporters, we observe that it is loaded with inconsistencies and absurdities, on the grounds that he tries to toss dust into the eyes of his companions. Indeed, from one perspective, he says that they will incite war against God and then again, he needs peace which is just conceivable through resignation. At that point, on arriving at the earth, he enters into a serpent and is totally debases. Pride is the reason for his tumble from Heaven – Pride that has “raised” him to battle with the mightiest. Anyhow where is that pride when the Archangel enters into the mouth of a resting serpent and shrouds himself in its “Mazy folds”. Here from the excellent assume that he is at the outset, he deteriorates into a man and clever individual, and afterward he tries to entice Eve by cleverness. Thus, Satan savages from the part of a fearless legend to that of a cleverness scoundrel as C. S. Lewis comments:

“From legend to general, from general to government official, from legislator to mystery administration executor, and thus to a thing that companions in at bunk room or washroom window and thereupon amphibian, lastly to a snake – such is the advancement of Satan.”

Thus, it can without much of a stretch be said in the light of aforementioned truths that Satan is out and pouter saint in Book-I of Paradise Lost, however in Book-IX he shows up before us every last bit a scalawag in view of his underhandedness outline and he himself says that his boss delight lies in the obliteration of humankind which brings down him in our estimation .

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