[Milton-L] Sophocles and Samson: Despair

Carrol Cox cbcox at ilstu.edu
Wed Jan 16 22:58:10 EST 2008

Derek Wood wrote:
> 2. Samson does not despair. He is not in a state of sin. He has earlier gone through all the stages of regeneration as Milton explains them in the Doctrina; (in Adam we see these stages clearly realised: recognition of guilt, contrition, repentance etc) Samson does long for death, and calls for it repeatedly This is a lament as is Job's sorrowing cry. The lamentation is not sinful or despairing in either case..For despair see Redcrosse's experience in Faerie Queene Bk 1.

In other words he was a really exact model for the 9/1l pilots who
sacrificed their lives for their  country.


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