The war between two characters. These two characters,

The
Paradise Lost, by John Milton shows
an outstanding artistry of what we today call Literature Before the
Renaissance. This epic poem was originally written in the mid-1600s which was
coincidently around the same period that the Renaissance was starting to end. The
theme of Paradise Lost allocates the
Biblical element that Milton uses. In his poem, he uses God as a powerful
character over a paradise and the church of Renaissance era is used to
illustrate a war between two characters. These two characters, God and Satan in
his poem both have intricate psychological personalities. God, in this poem is
a hero and the protagonist of Heaven, while on the other hand Satan is the
total opposite. In particular, Milton is able to use the Holy Spirit of
Christianity as his muse to write this Western literature of Satan’s fall from
grace. He uses this poem to tell the tale of Satan’s desire of seducing Adam
and Eve of committing a sin. In particular, he writes about what was told in a
Christian bible. He is able to use a popular mythology that was popular during
the early Renaissance. This epic poem in short tells a story about a Man’s
first sin and the lost of Paradise on earth. Throughout the poem, it will
introduce Adam and Eve as the tenderhearted characters that Satan is able to
use for his own gain. At first, he will come off as a hero but towards the end,
his character will reveal its true self, a villain. The impact that Renaissance
has on the Paradise Lost is that it
is able to bring forth, humanism, mythology, and Christianity. Paradise Lost
will be able to introduce the masterpiece of Western literature by using his
Christianity muse throughout his poem. 

            Religion in Paradise Lost was represented before the Renaissance as being secure.
In Milton’s poem, he mentions that God’s rule should never be questioned or
challenged.

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Monarch in Heav’n, till then as one
secure

Sat on his Throne, upheld by old
repute,

Consent or custome, and his Regal
State

Put forth at full, but still his
strength conceal’d,

Which tempted our attempt, and
wrought our fall.

Henceforth his might we know, and
know our own

So as not either to provoke, or dread

New warr, provok’t; our better part
remains

 
To work in close design, by fraud or guile (Milton).

In
these lines, Milton is illustrating about how Satan wants to start a war by
testing Heaven’s strength. Which he indeed did. Satan was able to influence God
creations into eating an apple from the forbidding tree. By Milton using this
particular theme in this poem, it shows his own fear of God in himself of
possibly committing his own sin.

Of Mans First Disobedience, and the
Fruit

Of that Forbidden Tree, whose mortal
tast

Brought Death into the World, and all
our woe,

With loss of EDEN, till one greater
Man (Milton).

He
used his Christianity to write this poem about what was told in Christian
bibles. He used mythology as a theme to make his poem relevant to what was
going on during the Renaissance and what would keep the audience interested
which was Adam and Eve and the humanity that Satan had. In his poem, Milton was
able to give Satan a humanity. How he was able to do this is by giving Satan
feelings such as when he was actually satisfied while in Hell because it was
better than serving in Heaven.

            Milton was a great poet during the
Renaissance era. He was able to use what was going on during his time as a
guide. Which you could tell that he was a lover of the philosophy of what was
going on around him. The culture truly had an influence on him. He was able to
witness the humanism and the culture of the Renaissance. The bible was such an
influence on him that he had to write about Adam and Eve’s sin and Satan’s fall
from grace. He was able to write his poem about the ways that God had wanted
his heaven to be. Milton used his Christianity muse to have a little bit of
inspiration. In his epic poem, Paradise
Lost, you can clearly see how the influence of the renaissance area had on
him.