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Form, Substance, And Power: The Body In "Paradise Lost", Corinne Arbuss Jan 2013

Form, Substance, And Power: The Body In "Paradise Lost", Corinne Arbuss

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John Milton's Christian epic Paradise Lost is concerned with the story of the fall of man. The poem chronicles Satan's revolt in heaven all the way through man's eventual expulsion from Eden, all so that Milton may achieve his goal to "justify the ways of God to man." The story is told through a first-person narrator, one with an omniscient view into the internal workings of all characters involved. However, this narrative is limited in that it can illustrate only "by likening spiritual to corporeal forms," which leaves many questions yet unanswered. We can never see the ...