[Milton-L] The War in Heaven

Jameela Lares Jameela.Lares at usm.edu
Wed Jul 12 18:37:00 EDT 2006

Quoting "Peter C. Herman" <herman2 at mail.sdsu.edu>:

 > A tyrant, according to Milton, is one
> who:
> "aspire[s]
> Above his brethren, to himself assuming
> Authority usurped, from God not given:
> He gave us only over beast, fish, fowl
> Dominion absolute; that right we hold
> By his donation; but man over men
> He made us not lord; such title to himself
> Reserving, human left from human free...." (XII,
> 64f.)
> With all due respect, it is not Milton who is speaking here, but Adam,
> the same Adam who consistently gets just about everything either wrong,
> or equally significantly, only partly right, throughout Books
> 11-12.

Often yes, but here Michael specifically validates Adam's justice:

Justly thou abhorr’st
That Son, who on the quiet state of men	80
Such trouble brought, affecting to subdue
Rational Libertie; 
(PL 12.79-82)

True, he does add further commentary about man's loss of rational liberty, but
Michael's point intensifies rather than corrects Adam's statement.

> Peter C. Herman

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