[Milton-L] death in Eden.
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Sun Nov 21 18:46:29 EST 2004
Salwa Khoddam wrote:
> Dear Douglas,
> There is no death in Eden yet. In Satan, yes because he has fallen.
> Therefore, he sees death where no death exists yet. Death exists in the
> warped mind of Satan and through the imagery that Milton uses of our
> postlapsarian world, we the readers.
No, "we the readers" are _not_ in either a pre- or post-lapsarian world;
we are in the actual world. Both the pre-lapsarian and post-lapsarian
"worlds" of PL are fictional creations, and have as much (or as little)
connection to the actual world as to the worlds created within any
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