juliabgriffin at hotmail.com
Tue Feb 15 19:11:34 EST 2005
I'm surprised Professor Duran thinks there's a "hesitancy" about not finding
Satan attractive: almost half the postings to this list seem to be some form
of declaration to that effect, Fishite or not. Just to open up the
opposition, let me say that I cannot imagine not finding Satan attractive.
I would have to have my heart removed. The dynamism that can get the whole
poem moving into the present tense, the courage to oppose the undefeatable -
that's what stirs the blood. Adam is a dear, certainly, up to the end of
Book IX, and could be relied upon to take out the garbage, etc.; but his
most attractive moment, I think, is his determination to eat with Eve: the
moment when he, like Satan earlier and Eve later, tries to be a messiah.
This is an emotional response, but basic morality, the instinct that
religion can't drive out, seems to me to support that emotion. What should
you do with unquestionable, un-self-questioning omnipotence - the power that
can damn a third of its creation and never feel the slightest responsibility
for it? If such a power exists, and you have the courage, fight back.
Better that than endless choir-practice in a jeweller's shop, as Orwell so
well put it.
Ah well. Let it come down.
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