The Struggle between Good and Evil in John Milton’s “Paradise Lost”


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The Struggle between Good and Evil in John Milton’s "Paradise Lost"
John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost epitomizes the struggle between good and evil occurring after Satan’s fall from Heaven. Milton’s description of man’s fall analyzes man’s sin nature as Adam and Eve fail to avoid the temptation of partaking of the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. There appears to be discrepancy in the poem as to who is responsible for originating this sin as both Adam and Eve are responsible in their own decisions to eat the fruit though it could also be questioned why God placed the tree there in the first place challenging their exercise of free will. What Milton explores here is explaining God’s ways and how evil was introduced into the world....
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.....d not actually exist.
The existence of the tempting Tree of Knowledge and the trickery of Satan certainly played a role in the downfall of mankind as the elimination of either of these two components would have prevented the fall. However, their existence alone does not hold the blame. Ultimately, the pride of Adam and Eve who both ate the fruit because of their own personal desires to gain god-like knowledge and abilities is reason for the fall from grace. In spite of this temptation, each were definitively aware not only of god’s command but that eating the fruit was in direct disobedience to His will. Yet, both made their own decision exercising their own free will and must take responsibility and be held accountable for those decisions.