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Milton's Ideal Orator: God and Ethical Eloquence in Paradise Lost

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dc.contributor.advisor Pfeiffer, Douglas en_US
dc.contributor.author Newhouse, Libby en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of English. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-20T16:52:56Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-20T16:52:56Z
dc.date.issued 2013-12-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11401/77578 en_US
dc.description 46 pg. en_US
dc.description.abstract Modern criticism on John Milton's Paradise Lost has figured the poem as anti-rhetorical in its depictions of God, Satan, and their respective speaking styles. Such critiques, however, reveal a disregard for the rhetorical tradition and Milton's self-proclaimed humanism, and as a result reduce Milton's conception of rhetoric to a rejection of the art form. With an overview of humanist and Renaissance Christian understandings of rhetoric, this paper argues for a reconsideration of the poem's treatment of rhetoric. This paper demonstrates how Milton's depiction of the speech of God and Satan presents the reader with examples of ideal and corrupted eloquence respectively in order to educate the reader about the benefits and dangers of rhetoric. 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 Milton's Ideal Orator: God and Ethical Eloquence in Paradise Lost en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Huffman, Clifford. en_US


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