[Milton-L] death in Eden.

Jameela Lares Jameela.Lares at usm.edu
Mon Nov 22 05:25:28 EST 2004

Interesting point, Michael.  To what extent is the "provide" a foreseeing
(provideo) without associated responsibility?


Quoting Michael Bryson <michael.bryson at csun.edu>:

> Douglas,
> Another thing to note, perhaps, is that at PL 11.61, the 
> Father claims that he "provided death"--death may exist in 
> the "warped mind of Satan" (an old warhorse of an image in 
> Milton studies to be sure), but the Father seems to have no 
> difficulty regarding it and/or advertising it as his own 
> rather strange gift, as line 60 seems to suggest that it was 
> provided to relieve humankind of "eternize[d] woe." 
> Michael Bryson
> >Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2004 18:43:53 -0800
> >From: "Peter C. Herman" <herman2 at mail.sdsu.edu>  
> >Subject: Re: [Milton-L] death in Eden.  
> >To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-
> l at lists.richmond.edu>
> >
> >At 04:29 PM 11/21/2004, you 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 [....]
> >
> >Is this exactly right? Satan does bump into Death (and Sin) 
> on his way out 
> >of hell. Arguably, death arose from Satan's mind: Sin 
> literally pops out of 
> >Satan's head, then they have sex, then Death is born, so in 
> a very weird 
> >way, Death is the idea of an idea. But Death certainly 
> exists outside of 
> >Satan's mind before he gets to Earth.
> >
> >Peter C. Herman
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