Satan as a Figure of Sympathy in "Paradise Lost" Satan is a figure of sympathy in John Milton’s Paradise Lost despite being defined by many critics as the clear antagonist of the epic poem. Indeed, in many respects one may easily consider Satan the hero of Paradise Lost, and Milton uses many elements of his epic narrative to humanize Satan in a way that allows readers to identify with his ambitions and conflict with God and the Angels. These elements include a desire to express dissent in face of an overwhelming tyranny, to allow Man to express free will and gain knowledge of good and evil rather than remain in ignorant bliss as well as a need to be the master of his own fate rather than serve the ends of another. Satan is at heart in...The end:
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