[Milton-L] Naming in Hell

Michael Gillum mgillum at unca.edu
Wed Jan 6 10:29:35 EST 2016

It's obvious that the fallen angels name the divinity through epithets
referring to power and cruelty, such as "the Torturer," "the Thunderer."
But are they referring to the Father or the Son, and why do they not
distinguish the two, or say "they" instead of "he"? I suppose most readers
assume that "he" in Books 1 and 2 is the Father, but it was the kingship of
the Son that provoked the rebellion and that seems to be the referent for
"the Tyranny of Heav'n."
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