Type of Thesis
Curiously, though the ostensible crux of John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost is Original Sin, “man’s first disobedience” (I.1) that “brought death into the world” (I.3), its principal actors are not the human Adam and Eve. Rather, pursuing “things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme” (I.16), Milton directs the poem’s focus toward the physical embodiments of Good and Evil – God and Satan, respectively – whose enormous presences and conflicts transcend the limits of “human imagination” (VI.300). Milton’s ambitious objective to “assert eternal providence, / And justify the ways of God to men” (I.25-26) faces the challenge of translating a highly metaphorical and philosophical battle between theological abstractions into concrete, visible images that the limited human imagination can actually grasp.
Bodnar, Kathryn M., "The Mind Is Its Own Place: Satanic Vision, Wonder, and Creation in Paradise Lost" (2016). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 1748.