[Milton-L] Satan

Rose Williams rwill627 at cox.net
Tue Feb 15 16:22:32 EST 2005

The thinkers among my various theological professors and pastors always said 
that Satan is attractive -- if he were as openly repulsive as depicted in 
some medieval portraits, we might have fewer sinners. These teachers of mine 
said that only on closer acquaintance, sometimes over a period of time, did 
the true destructiveness of evil become apparent. Perhaps Milton is 
following this reasoning.
Rose Williams

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "James Rovira" <jrovira at drew.edu>
To: "John Milton Discussion List" <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2005 3:27 PM
Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Satan

>I suspect that just as Milton could assume the majority of his audience 
>would be repulsed by Satan from the start, so can Ms. Ostriker assume that 
>her audience will at least understand attaction to Satan from the start. 
>We do spend a great deal of time with Satan at the beginning of Paradise 
>Lost before meeting any other characters -- without a prior commitment to 
>rejecting the Satanic as evil this, by itself, could be enough.  But I 
>think the distinction between assumption and demonstration is a good one.
> Jim Rovira
> Angelica Duran wrote:
>>Dear scholars,
>>Someone on this list recommended Alicia Ostriker's _Dancing at the Devil's
>>Party: Essays on Poetry, Politics, and the Erotic_.  Thank you for the
>>reference: there are so many important books to read, and we can't be 
>>of all of them. I would recommend the slim book: very interesting. The 
>>however, left me still wanting an account of the attraction to Satan in
>>_Paradise Lost_.
>>Angelica Duran
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