[Milton-L] Bk 3 and Jeffrey Shoulson's link

James Rovira jamesrovira at gmail.com
Sun Oct 27 19:47:42 EDT 2013


I'm not exceeding the bounds of Milton's narrative, though: Sin lets Satan
out of Hell. That has to be incorporated into the allegorical reading. How
does that work?

I think you're giving too big a pass to allegory. I've seen it work better
than this, that's all.

Jim R


On Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 7:44 PM, alan horn <alanshorn at gmail.com> wrote:

> Jim, let me refer you back to my earlier example of how taking an
> allegorical figure literally necessarily yields ridiculous results. That is
> itself a clue that your reading is missing the point.
>
> The personification of sin as Sin has no implications for the
> representation of the nature of sin in the poem. In other words, Milton is
> not asking us to believe in sin as a real being with agency. Rather, Sin is
> a figure of speech that, together with the other elements of the episode,
> serves to metaphorically express a set of interrelated ideas that, as
> others have noted, is picked up and explained in the following Book.
>
> Alan Horn
>
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