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The Paradise Within Thee: The Undying Promise of Transcendence in Paradise Lost

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dc.contributor.advisor Robinson, Benedict , Manning, Peter J. en_US
dc.contributor.author Mistler, Thomas Christopher en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of English en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-05-22T17:35:16Z
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-24T14:47:09Z
dc.date.available 2013-05-22T17:35:16Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-24T14:47:09Z
dc.date.issued 2012-12-01 en_US
dc.identifier Mistler_grad.sunysb_0771M_11209 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1951/59793 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11401/71349 en_US
dc.description 42 pgs en_US
dc.description.abstract John Milton's Paradise Lost in its simplest sense is a poem about disobedience, loss, and sin. Borrowing much of its inspiration and material from the Book of Genesis, the great English epic tells of the Fall of Man, or the choice of Adam and Eve to disobey God by eating the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge. The consequences of this action are, according to Milton and Christian tradition, tremendous. The very first lines of Paradise Lost emphasize this point, telling how "Man's first disobedience" brought "death into the world and all our [humanity's] woe" (I.1, 3). In my examination of the technical elements of Paradise Lost--including character development, Latinate syntax and rhetoric--I analyze the various ways that Milton reveals the potential that humanity has for ameliorating the burdens of the Fall and reaching greater spiritual heights. My aim is to demonstrate how Paradise Lost, while being a poem primarily telling of humanity's first sin, also functions as an inspirational poem--one that promises that the fallen human beings that Milton was writing for can hope for spiritual transcendence. In other words, they can hope for a form of personal development that can bring them closer to the God that both Milton and his readers believed in so fervently. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work is sponsored by the Stony Brook University Graduate School in compliance with the requirements for completion of degree. en_US
dc.format Monograph en_US
dc.format.medium Electronic Resource en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh British and Irish literature en_US
dc.title The Paradise Within Thee: The Undying Promise of Transcendence in Paradise Lost en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US

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