Paradise Regained Questions
- What epic elements do you find here?
- Is there any suspense in this poem?
- How does Milton build in parallels to the book of Job?
- How does Milton use/alter his scriptural sources? See
Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, and Luke 4:1-13.
- How does PR borrow from Spenserís FQ
II.vii, Guyonís sojourn in Mamonís cave?
- Are the seven deadly sins in the background?
- What kind of temptations does Satan level at Jesus?
How does our reading in this course enable you to evaluate them?
- What do you make of 4.551-61?
- Regarding divinity, what does Jesus know, and when
does he know it?
- How does Satan offer a masculine version of the
temptation of Eve?
- What kind of values does this poem promote?
Book 1: Challenges to faith: stones into bread,
temptation to doubt and despair
Book 2: Challenges to temperance: banquet, temptation to
appetite, bodily enjoyment,
External possessions, wealth, honors
Book 3: Temptation to personal glory and public kingdom:
worldly gifts, avarice,
Book 4: Climax: Rome, Athens, the tower; temptation by
violence and an identity test;
fear and terror.
Classification: Traditional scale of ethical goods
- Voluptaria: Belialís comment on women and the
- Activa: wealth, glory, kingship over Parthia
- Contemplativa: classical learning and poetry
Two types of temptation:
- Satan tries to trick Jesus into revealing his mere
- Satan tries to get Jesus to undermine his divinity.