[Milton-L] Struggling with a paper

James Rovira jrovira at drew.edu
Thu Feb 3 21:50:26 EST 2005


The point was the difference between characters in a drama and real 
beings.  Did it have to be that way?  No, of course not, Milton could 
have written it differently.

Jim

Jesse Swan wrote:

> Which point was taken?  That Jim Rovira can ask God and Satan only 
> certain questions (like, it appears, "Are you as misogynistic as those 
> you (God) inspire and you (the Devil) oppose?"), and get answers, but 
> not others, such as the ones you, Jacob Blevins, imaginatively pursue?
>  
> Jesse
>
>     ----- Original Message -----
>     From: BlevinsJake at aol.com <mailto:BlevinsJake at aol.com>
>     To: milton-l at lists.richmond.edu <mailto:milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
>     Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2005 6:11 PM
>     Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Struggling with a paper
>
>     Point taken.
>      
>     Jacob
>      
>      
>     In a message dated 2/3/2005 5:36:04 PM Central Standard Time,
>     jrovira at drew.edu <mailto:jrovira at drew.edu> writes:
>
>         I think to answer your questions you'd have to ask either God
>         or the
>         Devil directly.  The best I can do is point to a textual
>         tradition that
>         Milton may have been following.  Undoubtedly neither God nor
>         Satan are
>         nearly as misogynist as Paul.
>
>         Jim
>
>         BlevinsJake at aol.com wrote:
>
>         > Jim,
>         > 
>         > Paul of course wrote from the perspective that Satan's
>         deception of
>         > Even already occurred, so yes it was woman who was deceived.
>         The
>         > question, I guess, would be did it have to be that way? PL
>         depicts an
>         > Adam who, I believe, could have been swayed--albeit, as I
>         said before,
>         > perhaps by a different mode of attack. The very fact that
>         Adam is
>         > not "tricked" by Eve but falls with full knowledge, so to
>         speak, makes
>         > it difficult for me to imagine that he couldn't have been
>         tricked into
>         > doing the same thing. You're right that an important aspect
>         becomes
>         > why did Satan choose to go after Eve first--it could just be
>         Milton's
>         > following the "historical" account of the story or the
>         general idea
>         > that woman is somehow a lesser version of man, or Satan was
>         privy to
>         > Eve's attitudes toward herself at the pool. Regardless, none
>         of that
>         > necessitates the idea that Eve was without a doubt more
>         vulnerable to
>         > the attack--only that Eve was indeed vulnerable. Remember,
>         Satan HOPES
>         > to find Eve alone, but isn't he prepared to tempt the both
>         of them if
>         > need be?
>         > 
>         > Jacob
>
>
>
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