Paradise Lost - John Milton
"God's Objective is
September 14: I; September 17: II, III, IV (through
September 21: IV (remaining), V, VI, VII;
September 24: VIII, IX; September
28: X, XI, XII
What is Satan's problem?
What makes Satan heroic?
How is this work like the Iliad?
What does pure evil look like?
How is Satan justified? unjustified? in his relationship with God/with his minions?
Why is Satan at war with God?
Quotable Milton - Book I
Why is sin unable to close the gate?
Why does Man receive grace
despite his fall, yet Satan receives none?
Is God really in charge,
omnipotent, omniscient, ... while allowing Satan to enter the
Why does God plant BOTH trees
in the garden?
What is "guided free will"?
What is an "umpire conscience"?
Describe Satan's state of mind.
Why are there no children in paradise?
Read the first two chapters of
What does "thrice happy" mean?
Is knowledge ever bad?
Does God's perfection include Satan?
How is Paradise the ultimate form of happiness? How not so?
How can servility be freedom?
What is God's "great purpose" in all of this?
You are in a state of
perfection for each of the following time periods. What are you
doing? a) one minute, b) one hour, c) one day.
Who is ultimately to blame
for the fall?
Was Eve's fall due to reason?
Unpack the time between Eve's fall and Adam's.
Unpack the changes in Adam and Eve because of the Fall.
Unpack their changed relationship with God.
What is the difference between
knowledge and reason?
Satan is a tragic hero. How so? Not so?
Reread the last section of Book
X, lines 720-1104.
After the fall, how are Adam
and Eve (un)like Satan?
What is "deathless death"?
How is death a stroke of genius
on God's part?
Why must Adam and Eve leave
Why are there two trees in the
How is the fall a "happy sin"?
Find a single line in the poem
to answer the question: What is God's objective?