Paradise Lost : Humans were made to make mistakes

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In this week’s reading “Paradise Lost” by John Milton, Book 1 illustrated the message of man’s disobedience and how this caused them to lose their place in Heaven. Moreover, also mentions how Satan belongs to the reign of hell aka burning lake.

“Of Mans First Disobedience, and the Fruit

Of that Forbidden Tree, whose mortal tast

Brought Death into the world, and all our woe

With loss of Eden, till one greater Man”

The following lines mentioned above resemble the message we had found in Genesis where Satan aka the serpent had lured Eve to eat the forbidden fruit which she had also shared with Adam. Even though the Creator had warned them not to eat from the Forbidden Tree, Adam and Eve both disobeyed God’s commands which had resulted in disobedience. This disobedience led to punishment for which Adam and Eve were thrown from Paradise and sent to Earth to live. On the other hand, the serpent also known as Satan was also thrown out of Paradise as he manipulated Eve which ended this situation and led to the consequences. Paradise Lost has this familiar tone that also resonates with Genesis of how no one can save you from God’s wrath and punishment for your wrongdoings. From my perspective, I think God didn’t create humans perfectly or rather made us with flaws which sometimes is reflected in our disobedience and wrongdoings. However, I believe the reason behind this is God wants us to seek His forgiveness and appreciate his creation as He is the Most Perfect One. Moreover, my reasoning behind Satan pursuing Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit is that maybe he was jealous of how God had created a superior being than angels. According to Quran, Humans are considered the best creations of God and on the other hand, angels were made out of light. Nevertheless, Angels had to bow before Adam, the first human as God commanded but Satan who used to be one of God’s favorite angels disobeyed to bow saying how he was more superior than a human made out of clay. Therefore, disobedience is just not found in humans but also in angels as they are not perfect.

2 thoughts on “Paradise Lost : Humans were made to make mistakes

  1. This was a wonderful analysis! The first lines in Book 1 try to reveal Milton’s thesis, yet we are left with many questions regarding God and Satan. When Milton asks –”Who first seduced them”– readers get the idea that humans are not initially responsible for their sins. The question sets up a cause-and-effect relationship. In addition, when the “muse” answers, her words subtly blame Eve, which is something we explored in Genesis. Milton uses many contradicting ideas in his book. Paradise is meant to be a place of enjoyment. Yet, can there be paradise after such severe punishment? Also, Adam and Eve wouldn’t have known anything better if it wasn’t for their disobedience. At the same time, however, God wants people to have free will in their faith rather than be slaves in their religion.

  2. Hey Ashfia, I agree with this statement “Moreover, my reasoning behind Satan pursuing Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit is that maybe he was jealous of how God had created a superior being than angels. According to Quran, Humans are considered the best creations of God and on the other hand, angels were made out of light”. It goes to show the damages that jealousy can bring. Hierarchy is a major key to why Satan did what he did, but I believe Satan was being disobedient and ignorant because he didn’t want to believe that God has created him and everything around him. God has full knowledge and wisdom and nobody else does which means Satan questioning God’s knowledge makes him one of the disobedient.

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