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E211 Fall 2010 Students' Blog

Rachel Melvin on Milton's Paradise Lost, Book 1

Published by admin_main on Sat 30 Oct, 2010

8. Read Satan's speech to his whole army from lines 622-662

Satan is basically telling his troops that they are all incomparable to any and all except God. He tells them that they simply suffered a minor setback and are not at all defeated. Satan then informs his men that there was a rumor in Heaven that God was planning to create "a generation, whom his choice regard should favor equal to the sons of Heaven" (lines 653-54) and that he and his troops will make their first move in retaliation against God here, to show that He is foolish to believe Hell can hold them.

a.This speech is in part a "revisionist" history of the bad angels' fall

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