Heaven and Its Discontents: Milton's Characters in Paradise Lost


Many critics agree with C. S. Lewis that ""Satan is the best drawn of Milton's characters."" Satan is certainly a wonderful creation, but Adam and Eve are also complex and well-drawn, and God may be the most complicated character of all. Paradise Lost is above all God's story; it is his discontent, first with Lucifer and then with human beings, that drives the action from the beginning until his anger subsides at the world's end. God and Satan have similarities not only in their pursuit of revenge, but also in their ...

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