John Milton's "Paradise Lost"

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What lead to the fall of man? Why did Adam and Eve get exiled from Paradise by God? Why is there eternal chaos and suffering in every person’s life? Why can’t the world be a perfect and peaceful place with no disorder and no judgement? These are the kinds of questions John Milton may have asked himself nearly half a millennium ago. In his epic poem Paradise Lost, Milton attempts to justify God’s treatment of mankind. He does this through showing his audience mankind’s abuse of power, the ease with which man gives in to temptation, as well as the cause of temptation - Satan himself. Ever since the beginning of time, humans have abused the power given to them by their creator. All humans have been blessed with the freedom of choice, and when Adam an Eve sin knowingly they are punished for it (Coles 41). “God left free the Will, for what obeys Reason, is free, and Reason he made right...Seek not temptation then; which to avoid Were better, and most likely if from mee Thou sever not: Trial will come unsought” (Milton 205). God has granted us free will, the knowledge and choice between right and wrong - when we do the right thing we may be rewarded, but when the wrong is done God will judge and punish. Adam knew that taking the forbidden fruit of knowledge was wrong but he decided to follow Eve regardless (Coles 42). Adam’s excuses of his sin are shown when he says that “From her hand I could suspect no ill, and what she did, whatever in itself, her doing seem’d to justify the deed; Shee gave me of the Tree, and I did eat” (Milton 232). Often times humans try to justify their wrongdoings on positive, as well as deceiving, characteristics of the action or the tempting individual - In this way they are lying to themselves and to God and not owning up to the deed and repenting. In Milton’s poem, greed and temptation are major themes through which God’s treatment of
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