Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Fallen Angel

" Crushed .... Disillusioned ... Disenchanted
.... He fell ..
Into the lake of fire... away from the clutches of Divinity"

Satan .. the name causes shivers to run down your spine.
But why ? Was he really all that terrifying?

Lucifer, the fallen angel was the first one to disobey God's commands and the first to raise an army of angels against God.
He was banished from Paradise. Banished from the place where he belonged... all because he chose to speak his mind.
But, even the shameful fall from Heaven to the Inferno didn't cause his undaunted confidence to falter.
He was ready. Ready to avenge his fall... Ready to launch a war that was different from what the world had ever known.
Man's first disobedience... the forbidden fruit ... The "serpent" who caused Eve to turn lustful and selfish --- How did this happen?

John Milton's Satan from Paradise Lost did what a "Modern"man would do.
He took revenge. Revenge against God's biased judgment.

"Here at least
we shall be free; the Almighty hath not built Here for his envy, will not drive us hence: Here we may reign secure, and in my choice to reign is worth ambition though in Hell: Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven."

Milton mirrored the qualities of a Renaissance man in Satan. A strong personality that showed no signs of remorse after being banished from paradise ;
Finding it better to reign in the Inferno rather than serve the divine beings in Heaven.
Where else would u find such a strong, awe inspiring character ??
Though Milton's invention of Satan held a different purpose, to speak of the undying spirit of God's grace, modern man would find it better to relate to the character of Satan- who without a doubt is the Epic Hero here.

My fleeting imagination gave way to Satan's valiant actions as i flipped through the pages of Milton's vast Epic, two days before my exam on European Renaissance. As awe struck as i was, i studied this part the best and now i can safely say this ::
Thank you John Milton's Lucifer!
It was because of you that i managed to read the whole epic
and answer more than half of the paper!
If it weren't for this evil, self centered and brave character, Paradise Lost would have been boring,drab,monotonous and dismal.
So, lets face it. All of us loved it when he said : The mind is its own place and in itself can make a heav'n of hell, a hell of heav'n.

True that !!

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