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ENL 3230
British Literature 1616-1780

Class 8

    Sep 21: Post #4 Due - Group B

Reading Assignment for 9/19-9/28

    NAEL volume B, Paradise Lost pp. 1830-2055
    Book One: (The Invocation; Satan and Hell)
      ll 1-374; 523-798

    Book Two: (The Council in Hell)

      ll 1-505

    Book Four: (Satan enters Paradise; Adam and Eve)

      ll 1-775

    Book Five: (Eve's Dream>

      ll 1-135

    Book Nine: (The Fall)

      lines 1-1189

    Book Ten: (The Beginning of the Redemption)

      ll 706-1104

    Book Twelve: (The Fate of Adam and Eve)
      ll 466-649

Also read the headnotes to each book for a statement of the "argument." There is an excellent website you can use to supplement your readings in the Norton, called Paradise Lost from New Arts Library.

Post #4 Due - Group B

    Class Objectives:

  • To discuss the Council in Hell
  • To discuss Satan's entry into Paradise

    Notes and Discussion Questions:

    As you read the poetry, always aim for comprehension first. Milton's diction and epic similes can sometimes lead the mind away from the narrative he is developing. You need to pay careful attention to what Milton is doing in every line.

    To get an overall sense of the poem and its contents, read through the arguments for all twelve books and/or view the summaries and questions and answers on the Paradise Lost Study Guide.


    The council of hell in Book Two gives us a view of the main devils in Satan's troops. How do their individual speeches characterize the devils? Which of the responses is most compelling to you? Why?


    Note in Book Four Satan's initial despair: "Which way I fly is Hell; myself am Hell" (4.75). Examine the implications of this statement.

    Adam and Eve are introduced in the lines beginning at 289. How does Satan see them?

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