Satan is Attractive or Repulsive
Satan is Attractive or not Repulsive, it is separated discussion , first of all, we should try to know what are the meanings of “Attractive and Repulsive”, Attractive means lovable, pleasing to the eye or mind especially through beauty or charm and Repulsive means so extremely ugly as to be terrifying. As we know that Satan in all age in all religions is seen by repulsive eyes. He has not very much high status before mankind or God. He is firm enemy of mankind, it seems that he is repulsive figure at all but when we go through the Paradise lost epic where he is blend of both , attractive and repulsive, Milton unconsciously makes him grandeur
Satan is Attractive or Repulsive ,first two books run through Satan’s character but slowly he becomes out of screen and in book 9 he is in downfall and hero becomes to zero .Satan’s character throughout the poem gets different shapes on time he is Serpent sometime toad, sometime Archangel, sometime great leader Emperor, Sultan his greatness lies upon his determination. He is totally determined against the God having lost everything he realizes that he has every thing indeed. He never shows any sign of disappointment or despair before other Angels and develops his mission against the greatest power of this world he makes an evil plan that he will destroy all humanity with evil plan. His Evil mind can be seen in this statement Our sole task is to find Evil from good when his plan will be bad then our plan is to do good will be run all of them opposite of Him. Having put a least idea of good or a bad what is good what is bad, there is no matter but matter is that fight against Him by hook or crock here Satan is mixture of Attractive or Repulsive .
As far as Satan ‘s character is concerned , it seems that he is hero of the poem as well as attractive character because his character can never be neglected because he challenges to authority of God he considers himself equal to God .His cunning behavior forces us to to think about how is a grandeur he is. Eventually he is physically defeated by mentally he is still stood like a tower, he is not yielding at any cost his steadfastness, makes a new world for human being .His misery brings comfort for mankind forever. No doubt, Adam and Eve lose their Garden Eden but it is temporary because God wants to disclose His Mercy His compassion and kindness for mankind and without of it He(God) cannot do so, Satan , actually ,becomes mislead he wants to destroy the mankind in the sense of jealousy but in reality he brings about downfall for himself as well as gift for mankind it is not so wrong to say that those people critics and readers believe that he is hero of paradise lost or attractive character they are totally on the fault because they read only first two books after it Satan Grand figure changes into Toad, Serpent ,he is disgraced and repulsive one because Milton glorifies his action and body structure for the sake of EPIC requirement .When we see him after two books , he looks like helpless and weakened fellow.
John Milton in one of the greatest poets of his age .After Chaucer he has glorious place in English literature. His style is marvelous, unique and superior .In “Paradise Lost’ he shows his talent with the help of great characters as well as a sublime theme, he portrays fantastic type of characters like Christ ,Angels ,the father of humidity is Adam ,the mother of humanity is Eve , the greatest power is God and father of Evil and hatred jealousy that is name Satan. He very realistic creates or paints the character of Satan that makes him attractive for the readers. He reveals his emotions, wrath, steadfastness, courage, leaderships qualities , undefeatable power , and determinations , and power having lost everything but he comes to see “Tower of strength” .As far as the character of Satan is concerned he is well created work at any angels. If we see his leadership he fills full all the requirements which are needed for a leader ,if we see in way of tragic hero there is also unique there is also unique ,if we analyze his power here he is also matchless.
Satan’s qualities makes him different from others angles as well as attractive because having lost everything he is resistance on the way of God .He does not accept his defeat he says that he will fight against God ,he does not give up his struggles at any cost what happened and what matter that is why he generates new army against the greatest power of the world that is name is called God Mighty .This all reveals Satan tragic hero status before us in Paradise Lost.
” All is not lost; the unconquerable will, And study of revenge, immortal hate, And courage never to submit or yield; (And what is else not to be overcome?) That glory never shall his wrath or might Extort from me, to bow and sue for grace With suppliant knee and deify his power, Who from the terror of his arm so late Doubted his empire[.] (I, 106–114)”
Satan’s dramatic speeches also influence on the readers and makes him attractive real leader, a real hero ,his heroism also shows when he speeches with full confidence ,with full energy ,it does not realize he has lost his heaven , he reveals His(God) heaven is in his under feets. He creates different garden of heaven in hell with the help of speeches, with help of speech he captures Eve ,he does not appear he is Satan or prophet before the eyes of Eve .With the help of speech he gathers all the Angels in hell. No body can refuse it ;evil is his main task , hell is his home ,Earth trembles under his feet ,enemy is his God and his anger is for mankind .He never loses his heart because he is glorious in his action. In all perspectives he is marvelous and sublime . Some critics represent that in Satan’s conduct Milton appears himself before the readers .Actually, in England he had also done Revolt against authority of that time and that is why he makes a new character who shows his qualities and some critics also doubt that in a Milton a Satan dwells that is why he wants to drive by himself.
Paradise Lost cannot be completed without the character of Satan or as a hero of tragic one, it is he who acts like Hero .Having been disgraced from the eyes of God Almighty, he is still confident, vagarious, active , steadfastness and hopeful. Milton actually takes so many pains that for Satan’s character delineation because he is not human being nor God. His feelings maybe or might be different from other race ,by human species because Milton never saw Satan ,it is totally based on his imaginations or we can say that it is exaggerated character but not artificial or fictional only .He is present and lively character .”If we believe in God the we have to believe in Satan .
Milton’s huge character is not huge as well attractive by only body but also huge by his mind and heart, having lost everything he shows nothing to be done. All is good what the field be lost and all is not lost, we have unconquerable will. Satan is another great trait is that he is a fine debtor ,his speeches cast a spell on the others angels as well as readers .He knows the situation of the time whenever he speaks about sorrows or pathos his voice becomes slowly and faints but when he talks about his future plan his voice brings a thunder in itself at all. He is like a politician, he knows where he gets good benefits from situation as well as people. Some critics have view about him he is a villain and villain and rascal ,) wicked minded and there is no characteristics like hero he may be a villain but not hero .For this in all ages the people.
In short, it seems that Satan is attractive figure at all but when we go through the Paradise lost epic where he is blend of both , attractive and repulsive, Milton unconsciously makes him grandeur because it is essential for an Epic .