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Milton: The Achievement Of Humans Essay

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John Milton’s Paradise Lost, a 17th century poem encompassing marriage and idolatry brings about the theme of death to human beings for the first time as well as the loss of their place in paradise. However, one is not to blame for the fall of man. Lucifer tempted Adam and Eve to eat the Forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge, instigating sin. According to Milton, this is “humankind’s first act of disobedience towards God” (SN Editors). “[For humans] an idea is like a virus, resilient, highly contagious. The smallest seed of an idea can grow” (Nolan).The need for this unattainable knowledge “can grow to define or destroy you” (Nolan). Thus, Books I & IX declare that the power of Lucifer ...view middle of the document...

Though the Genesis does not say much for what he is like before the fall, we know that Lucifer was an angel that wants more from God and is never satiated, thirsty with Greed. Tempted to be as omniscient as God, Lucifer, also known as the Light Bearer, wants his “light” to radiate on a new spectrum. The taste of the fruit will fill the thoughts of the tempted with knowledge beyond imagination. The Light Bearer betrays God by eating the fruit, tasting and savoring it.

The omnipotent presence of God is what allows him to preview the event that “upon [their bellies they would] go, and dust [they would] eat all the days of [their] life.”(Gen. 3:14–15) He is aware of the probability of the occurrence. Hence, he then manipulates Lucifer to push Adam and Eve towards the idea of the forbidden fruit. The process of deciding if He should permit Adam and Eve stay in His kingdom of paradise would then be swifter. Lucifer reigns his own kingdom in Hell; yet he is still afraid of God. Lucifer would obey Him in order to be deserving of His mercy. So why did God bring Damnation to the world? We brought that upon ourselves.

“So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs... And the rib… from the man He made into a woman” (Genesis 2:20-22). (Sung Melodically) “Adam and Eve sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G. First comes love, then comes the Serpent, then comes an apple with the final decision. They take a bite, for they have sinned. Now they see their nakedness” (Anton). Because Lucifer found Eve on her own in the Garden of Eden his plan to tempt her succeeded; if the duo had remained together this would have been improbable. However, if Adam were to be chosen by Lucifer to con him into eating the fruit, Adam would most likely reject his offer. From the time of Eve’s creation, she went to a pond and fell in love with her own reflection and her weakness is vanity; Lucifer used her weakness to his advantage.

In essence, what exactly weakens yet fully shapes Humans? Love. The strongest word and connection can break or bend one’s true self. For instance, Lucifer uses his intuition after noticing how beautiful Eve is and since she is not affected by vanity yet, he uses compliments to his advantage. So why must we surrender to sin, being only Human? The Genesis describes the fall of man as abominable. Incomparable to life, death is seen as either a jovial process or an afflicting one, where, “[we] are dust, and...

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