Paradise Lost Critical Quotations

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'of the Devil's party without knowing it'
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Shelley (1)
'the energy and magnificence of the character of Satan'
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Shelley (2)
'Milton's Devil as a moral being is far superior to his God'
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Shelley (3)
Satan as 'one who perseveres in some purpose which he has conceived to be excellent in spite of adversity and torture'
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Shelley (4)
'inflicts the most horrible revenge upon his enemy'
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Empsom (1)
'it makes God bad'
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Empsom (2)
'moral confusions'
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Empsom (3)
'the reason why it is so good is that it makes God so bad'
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'disobedience of God is a positive act that rescues mankind from an unvarying routine of mindless genuflection and makes possible the glorious and distinctively human search for self-knowledge and knowledge of the Truth
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'fortitude in adversity, enormous endurance, a certain splendid recklessness, remarkable powers of rising to the occasion, extraordinary qualities of leadership... and striking intelligence'
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Hazlitt (1)
'Satan is the most heroic subject that was ever chosen for a poem'
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Hazlitt (2)
'his fortitude was as great as his sufferings'
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Hazlitt (3)
'the loss of infinite happiness to himself is compensated in thought, by the power of inflicting infinite misery on others'
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Hazlitt (4)
'his love of power and contempt for suffering are never once relaxed from the highest pitch of intensity'
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Hazlitt (5)
'wherever the figure of Satan is introduced, whether he walks or flies... it is illustrated with the most striking and appropriate images: so that we see it always before us, gigantic, irregular, portentous, uneasy, and disturbed'
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Hazlitt (6)
'dazzling in its faded splendour, the clouded ruins of a God'
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Douglas Bush (1)
'it has been conventional to regard Satan as the real hero of Paradise Lost'
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Douglas Bush (2)
'too great and attractive for their functional role as villains'
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Douglas Bush (3)
'a rebel always finds a ready and admiring audience'
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Douglas Bush (4)
God is 'a tyrant against whom it was glorious to rebel'
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Jessica Martin (1)
'In the relationship between Adam and Eve, Adam is going to behave more like God, and Eve is going to behave more like humanity'
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Jessica Martin (2)
Eve 'yearns to possess the knowledge her husband has'
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Jessica Martin (3)
'Adam, secure in his mental capacity, has different potential weaknesses: he sees in Eve a sensual beauty'
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Burnett (1)
'beloved Satan'
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Burnett (2)
'Satan, as grandiose and interesting as he is, remains most importantly exactly what Lewis claims he is - a liar'
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Burnett (3)
'undeniably attractive'
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Burnett (4)
'our affiliation with Satan'
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Burnett (5)
'Satan chooses himself... as his proper object of veneration'
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Burnett (6)
'Satan's self-idolizing gaze is inherently traumatic'
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Burnett (7)
'Satan's blindness...narcissism...his paternal ties with God'
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Burnett (8)
'the narcissistic Eve'
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Collier (1)
'his portrayal of women vividly reflects the sexist attitudes of his time'
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Collier (2)
'his idea of women as strong, independent and capable of autonomy is also apparent'
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Collier (3)
'Eve is portrayed as very intuitive'
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Collier (4)
Before eating the fruit Eve 'is a supreme example of purity and obedience'
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Collier (5)
'Eve can only know herself through Adam'
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Eve is presented 'to the reader only in relation to Adam'
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Collier (6)
'any hint of nobility in Adam's character is erased in the temper tantrum he throws back in the presence of Eve and of God'
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Collier (7)
Adam loses the mental capacity to resist Eve and anything she says'
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Whitfield (1)
'hers is an existence defined by men'
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Whitfield (2)
'hers is a definition of self that comes from a male, an understanding of self framed in an by masculinity'
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Whitfield (3)
'specifically from the left-hand side of a man - a side notorious for evil'
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Whitfield (4)
'She was created from Adam and for Adam. Her's is a man's world, a world fashioned for men by a father-figure type God'
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Whitfield (5)
'she recognizes her secondary status, her inferiority to Adam... she is relegated to a role of inferiority in the male hierarchy'
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Whitfield (6)
'Eve represents a kind of simplistic, dangerously delectable creature, whose very delectability is dangerous to Paradise'
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Whitfield (7)
Adam's 'dialogue... is riddle with misogynistic remarks'
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Whitfield (8)
'Eve was created to be Adam's helper, his unequal companion'
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Whitfield (9)
'She appears to have been set up, inclined to want more, to be equal to her male partner... wanted to venture higher than her lot'
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Whitfield (10)
'Milton's attempts to taint her language'
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'inflicts the most horrible revenge upon his enemy'


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