[Milton-L] Satan and Resentment / A 2nd conjecture (edited)

Michael Gillum mgillum at unca.edu
Sun Jan 30 15:19:33 EST 2011


Dario, the souls in *Inferno* have "lost the good of intellect" (including
freedom of will). In this they are like the fallen angels that God
temporarily turns into robot serpents in PL 10. But such is not the normal
condition of Satan before or after his fall.

Michael

On Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 5:27 AM, Dario Rivarossa
<dario.rivarossa at gmail.com>wrote:

> A different hint. Milton's Satan may have been partially inspired by
> the damned souls in Dante's Inferno (c. 3), who are "ready, eager" to
> reach their place of eternal suffering:
>
> People I saw on a great river's bank;
> Whence said I: "Master, now vouchsafe to me,
> That I may know who these are, and what law
> Makes them appear so ready to pass over..."
>
> Virgil will explain it to Dante as follows:
>
> "And ready are they to pass o'er the river,
> Because celestial Justice spurs them on,
> So that their fear is turned into desire."
>
> So, it is God's Justice the force that "spurs them on"... What about Satan?
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