[Milton-L] excising sin and death from book 2
Horace Jeffery Hodges
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Thu Oct 24 13:33:56 EDT 2013
"Incidentally, turning the key is a sin of disobedience that anticipates
Eve's and Adam's choices."
Sin's original sin?
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On Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 12:14 AM, J. Michael Gillum <mgillum at ret.unca.edu>wrote:
> Of course, excising Sin's agency and her operative key directly exposes
> God as the negligent jailer who intends/allows Satan's temptation of Eve.
> Perhaps Milton created the episode for this reason, although surely he
> knew it didn't really shield God from the accusation, any more than the
> verduous wall around Paradise offered real protection.
> Incidentally, turning the key is a sin of disobedience that anticipates
> Eve's and Adam's choices.
> On Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 9:43 PM, Gregory Machacek <
> Gregory.Machacek at marist.edu> wrote:
>> He wanted us to do this. He made it too easy. I was preparing first to
>> lay out the logistical and technical challenges of the task and pose it as
>> a problem to the list and only then start in on trying to solve them
>> myself. There aren't any challenges. As James Watt suggests, the episode
>> comes out so cleanly that one doesn't even get to write a little "so
>> charming left his voice" bridge.
>> Through the first half of 648, then pick up half way through 884:
>> at last appear
>> Hell bounds high reaching to the horrid roof
>> And thrice threefold the gates; three folds were brass,
>> Three iron, three of Adamantine rock
>> Impenetrable, impaled with circling fire
>> Yet unconsumed. 648
>> The gates wide open stood 884
>> "Their" in 890 needs to become "his," and the whole thing has just
>> vanished. The already open gates hook up thematically with the later easy
>> bounding over all bounds and the "to his wish, beyond his hope": elements
>> of the "high permission of [an] all-ruling Heaven" that is perfectly
>> willing to allow the temptation.
>> I'm proposing to add "Surprised but with delight / Satan observed." But
>> only because I promised myself the fun of writing some Miltonic blank verse
>> to fill the narrative gap that would be left.
>> I know they still need to be trimmed from book 10, and Chaos and Night
>> from book 2 (though Aeneas and the Sibyl walk past some allegorical figures
>> on the way into Hades, so maybe, as long as they don't hold operational
>> keys, they're not as objectionable).
>> Anyway, I just wanted to report this first discovery: You don't like it?
>> It's gone.
>> Greg Machacek
>> Professor of English
>> Marist College
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