A Creation of the Mind
Sight hateful, sight tormenting! thus these two [ 505 ]
Imparadis't in one anothers arms
The happier Eden, shall enjoy thir fill
Of bliss on bliss, while I to Hell am thrust,
Where neither joy nor love, but fierce desire,
Among our other torments not the least, [ 510 ]
Still unfulfill'd with pain of longing pines;
Yet let me not forget what I have gain'd
From thir own mouths; all is not theirs it seems:
One fatal Tree there stands of Knowledge call'd,
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Even in Paradise, Satan can create a hell in his mind. Therefore, the relationship explained in the soliloquy is one that is constantly harrowing. Milton simultaneously replicates the torture created in Satanâ€™s mind in the form of the poem through the use of doubling; showing that ultimately, the loneliness Satan has from viewing Adam and Eveâ€™s companionship in Eden is contrived outright from Satanâ€™s mind.
Milton begins Satanâ€™s soliloquy by doubling the word sight in the line, â€œsight hateful, sight tormenting (Milton 505).â€ In the line, Satan is looking down on Adam and Eve in Paradise, and they physically embody and become the word â€œsightâ€ in the form of the poem. Adam and Eve are the sight and scene that Satan is looking down upon. Satan doubles the word sight in the sentence to represent that both Adam and Eve are in Paradise together. Satan meanwhile, contrasts his emotions toward the sight of Adam and Eve in the singular, unpaired form showing, his loneliness outside of Paradise. Satanâ€™s emotions are expressed in the line by the words hateful and tormenting. However, Milton entraps Satanâ€™s emotions around the words sight because the exact sight of Adam and Eve together in Paradise, exemplifies Satanâ€™s pain and loneliness. The word sight in the form of the line, touch the words tormenting and hateful showing that Satan is first hateful toward the relationship that Adam and Eve have together in Paradise while he is alone in Hell. Then, the scene continues tormenting Satan with envy because Adam and Eve have replaced him in Godâ€™s eyes. Satan is antagonized twice in the line which shows Adam and Eve who embody sight are working in conjunction even in the from of the line, to outcast him by working together.
Milton emphasizes Satanâ€™s loneliness not only in the structure of the two lines but in the actual words as well. In the lines that Milton doubles, Satan begins the soliloquy with a pun....