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Satan having compast the Earth, with meditated guile returns as a mist by Night into Paradise, enters into the Serpent sleeping. Adam and Eve in the Morning go . Book IX. Satan, having compassed the Earth, with meditated guile returns, as a mist, by night into Paradise; enters into the Serpent sleeping. Adam and Eve in. Paradise Lost BOOK 9. John Milton (). THE ARGUMENT. Satan having compast the Earth, with meditated guile returns as a mist by Night into Paradise.

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Paradise Lost: The Ninth Book. THE ARGUMENT.—Satan, having compassed the Earth, with meditated guile returns as a mist by night into Paradise; enters into . Original Text: John Milton, Paradise Lost. 2nd edn. (). 1No more of talk where God 9Now alienated, distance and distaste,. 10Anger and just rebuke, and. BOOK I. Of Mans First Disobedience, and the Fruit. Of that Forbidden Tree, .. And with their darkness durst affront his light. - 9 -. BOOK I. Milton: Paradise Lost .

Again this physical verticality symbolizes moral righteousness, as the serpent is still a sinless beast before the Fall.

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Satan makes himself a beautiful physical spectacle, knowing that Eve is easily diverted by vain appearances. Satan explains that he found a tree with beautiful, delicious apples, and when he ate the fruit he suddenly found himself with the ability to speak and with an expanded intellect, able to perceive both heavenly and earthly knowledge.

He says the apples also made him seek out Eve so that he could give her the praise and worship she deserves. Milton approves of knowledge, but only when it is made subject to obedience.

Satan offers to show her, and Eve follows him the short distance to the Tree of Knowledge.

Satan asks about this commandment, and Eve reaffirms that she and Adam can eat the fruit of any tree except that of the Tree of Knowledge, or else they will die. Eve is initially armed with repeated obedience, but she has overestimated her own strength in asking to work separately from Adam.

Satan says that he himself has proved that the fruit does not bring death, as he ate of it and still lives.

Modern Translation of Paradise Lost Book 9

Satan also argues that it would be unjust for God to punish Eve for such a small thing, and if he is not just then he is not worthy of being God. Satan uses several arguments that seem persuasive on their own, yet are contradictory when taken together, and Eve shows her inferior intellect by being persuaded by them.

Milton expands on the Biblical account by having the serpent claim to have already eaten the fruit — in Genesis the serpent just tells Eve the fruit will make her more godlike.

If he, a serpent, achieved speech and intelligence from eating the fruit, then surely Eve will become a goddess if she eats it. This argument seems like it would be unappealing to the relatively ignorant, unambitious Eve, but when combined with the earlier flattery and barrage of arguments, it wins her over.

Paradise Lost, Book 9

It seems wrong that such magical fruit would be denied to humans if beasts are allowed to eat it. She resolves to give him the fruit as well, as she loves him and wants to share everything with him, whether life or death.

At first the Tree does not bring feelings of guilt and sin, so Eve is convinced she has made the right decision. Her character grows even more negative as her first thought after eating the fruit is leading Adam also into her disobedience.

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Her temptation of Adam brings up another traditional aspect of the Fall — love and sexuality. The couple choose each other over God in a perversion of the hierarchy of love, in which love of God should come first.

Active Themes Eve bows to the Tree of Knowledge and then goes to find Adam, who has been weaving a wreath of flowers to give to Eve. Adam meets her and sees the forbidden fruit in her hand, and Eve hurriedly explains that the serpent ate it and learned to speak, and so convinced her to try it as well. This wreath, the last image of their unfallen relationship and the idea of marriage as God intended it, falls symbolically to the ground.

He is horrified that Eve has succumbed to temptation, and he realizes that all is lost, but then Adam immediately decides that he cannot live without Eve, as no new unfallen woman could replace her.

He knows he will be dooming himself by eating the fruit, but reasons that surely God would not destroy them or punish them too harshly. Active Themes Related Quotes with Explanations Nature groans again and the sky weeps a few drops of rain, but Adam feels immediately invigorated and more godlike.

Afterward they fall asleep briefly, and when they wake up their minds are in turmoil and they recognize that they have fallen. The couple now realize the point Milton has been trying to prove — knowledge is important, but not all knowledge leads to good, especially when it involves being disobedient to God and disrupting his order.

Adam blames Eve for wanting to work separately, and Eve says that the serpent would surely have tempted Adam as well if he had been there. She says Adam should have been firmer with her, which makes Adam angrier, and he calls her ungrateful, reminding her that he ate the forbidden fruit just so they could be together. After all, she notes, when they work side-by-side, they waste too much time in loving discourse. The wife, he declares, How are we happy, still in fear of harm?

What kind of bliss can there be in Eden, she seems to be wondering, if she has so little freedom? When she remonstrates that this tree bears the forbidden fruit, he embarks on another operatic aria praising its beneficence, to which she listens in all innocence. John Martin's illustrations for Paradise Lost, Eve plucks and eats the forbidden fruit. Usage terms Public Domain Or, alternatively, is Eve more ambitious, rebellious and disobedient than Adam?

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Milton leaves this question open. In her soul she now appears as resentful, as Satan was before her.

Paradise Lost

Satan has won the game, and Eve, in five succinct lines, determines to change the world For what if she died and were replaced with another Eve? No, consumed with jealousy after her consumption of forbidden knowledge, she decides it would be better for her and Adam to die together. Yet, at the same time, he resolves to die with her.

Usage terms Public Domain Redemption after transgression What redemption can there be for Eve after her transgression? Gradually, throughout the last three books of Paradise Lost, Milton depicts her mounting remorse, shame and guilt.

Submissive, Eve is now a vessel for futurity. And though she and her husband have been expelled from Paradise, she assures Adam, in a poignant sonnet, that he means more to her than Eden: With thee to go, Is to stay here; without thee here to stay, Is to go hence unwilling; thou to mee Art all things under Heaven. Book 11, ll.As good have grown there still a liveless Rib.

Seeing Eve with lust for the first time, Adam leads her off and they have sinful sex under the trees 9. Revenge, at first though sweet,. Now when as sacred Light began to dawne In Eden on the humid Flours, that breathd Thir morning incense, when all things that breath, From th' Earths great Altar send up silent praise To the Creator, and his Nostrils fill With grateful Smell, forth came the human pair And joind thir vocal Worship to the Quire Of Creatures wanting voice, that done, partake The season, prime for sweetest Sents and Aires: Were it I thought Death menac't would ensue This my attempt, I would sustain alone The worst, and not perswade thee, rather die Deserted, then oblige thee with a fact [ ] Pernicious to thy Peace, chiefly assur'd Remarkably so late of thy so true, So faithful Love unequald ; but I feel Farr otherwise th' event, not Death, but Life Augmented, op'nd Eyes, new Hopes, new Joyes , [ ] Taste so Divine, that what of sweet before Hath toucht my sense, flat seems to this, and harsh.

The first at lest of these I thought deni'd [ ] To Beasts, whom God on thir Creation-Day Created mute to all articulat sound; The latter I demurre , for in thir looks Much reason, and in thir actions oft appeers. He returned in the middle of the night, the same as he had fled, when Uriel had spotted him and alerted the angel guards.

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