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Paradise Lost: This Deep World of Darkness

A line from the discussion between fallen angels. After proposing that they, though fallen, could thrive under evil and “when great things of small, / Useful of hurtful, prosperous of adverse / We can create…”, Mammon says:

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And of course, the Daily Prompt today would be cowardice. Mammon says the demons shouldn’t fear hell and its dreadful darkness, that they can imitate light and prosper if only they try hard enough. This, ultimately, leads nowhere because they, chiefly Satan, use evil means to achieve this goal. No attempt at remorse or repentance; that would be, of course, much harder than spreading evil around. After all, as Satan later says:

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Well, I’ve started Book Nine of Paradise Lost and I’m more and more impressed with Milton’s work. Whether you share this sentiment or not, feel free to leave a comment below! I’d love to hear your thoughts on the work in general and these particular quotes.

Check out my other posts on Paradise Lost if you want.



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7 thoughts on “Paradise Lost: This Deep World of Darkness

  1. And your quote from Milton inspired me to google. I found this from “The Crisis” (1776) by the great American revolutionary and writer, Thomas Paine, who was obviously referencing Milton.
    “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.” If you haven’t read it, I suggest googling. It has one of the most famous lines in American writing: “These are the times that try men’s souls.”

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      1. If you like speeches for their literary quality, how about Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address? (1863) Or Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address (1865) Or John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address. (1961) Or Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream.” (1963) for a biography, I really liked Arthur Schlesinger’s “Robert Kennedy and His Times”

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