Humanizing Satan of Milton’s Paradise Lost


  • Gassim H. Dohal Independent Researcher



Paradise Lost, Milton, Satan, Eve, humanized


Milton wrote an epic in Latin entitled ‘In Quintum Novembris.’ It is written on the occasion of Guy Fawkes' Day. Fawkes and others had plotted to blow up the Parliament House and were discovered in time. According to Nicolson (1963), this “little epic” in Latin “foreshadows Paradise Lost” (p. 77). Probably the man or one of the conspirators of the “little epic” is the Satan of Paradise Lost (PL from now on). Following the actions taken and adopted by Satan in PL, we find that Satan acts like a human being through his deeds and qualities. Anyhow, many critics believe that Milton's Satan is human or humanized at least in some parts in the epic. Not to mention, some critics argue that Satan stands for Milton himself in certain situations. Following his appearance, deeds and qualities, this paper shows how Milton’s Satan of PL is humanized.


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