Knowing redemption or salvation cannot be granted to him, he resolves to continue to commit acts of sin and evil. Uriel watches him from a distance and seeing the change, recognizes it as a sign of an evil. Adam, distraught at Eve's mistake, debates what he should do until he finally eats from the tree and joins whatever fate awaits Eve. Eden, as discussed before, is ordered, tame, domiciled nature. At the same time, they made war more impersonal.
Theologically, it is highly irrational, and therefore outside of the grace of God. Raphael continues to relate how Michael and Gabriel were sent forth to battel against Satan and his Angels. However, there can be no reconciliation. When they eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge which appears before them, it turns to bitter ashes. The sight of Eden reminds him of what once was.
When, in the second day's fight, Michael's angels are confronted with these devilish devices, they become enraged and pull up the very mountains and hurl them at Satan's crew. Finally, he notices two creatures walking erect among the other animals. Instead, he will send his son as a man to earth to sacrifice himself and, in so doing, conquer the evil trinity. The implication, of course, is that it is men who are in contact with God, and women are to learn about God only through men. Analysis: In this chapter we are given more insight into the character of Eve and Satan.
Analysis As the narrative of Paradise Lost shifts from its sustained focus on Hell and Satan and begins to present glimpses of Heaven and God, we may feel that the story loses some of the intense interest and appeal that it began with. As flame they part Half wheeling to the Shield, half to the Spear. Perhaps analogous to nuclear warfare in our own time, the use of artillery was revolutionizing the way wars were won. He calls for the other angels to do the same, and they assemble by the lake. To which the Fiend thus answerd frowning stern. Uriel is unable to recognize Satan in part because he does not believe it possible that Satan would be lurking around.
He holds Eve's hand as they are escorted out of the Garden. Adam is horrified when he finds what she has done, but at length resignes himself to share her fate rather than be left without her, and eats the fruit also. Book 2 In book 2 of Paradise Lost Satan debates whether they should go to war to regain Heaven. Another Biblical allusion at this point is the simile of 856-857 comparing Satan's retreating army to a flock of sheep which will ultimately be driven off a cliff and fall. Satan gives in to despair here and so condemns himself to eternal Hell, unwilling to repent and still clinging to his pride and doomed fate of suffering. The battle ensues with a tremendous din.
As they approach, they look up to the sky and praise God and his creations. Satan finds Eve and flatters her. He then broke away from his chains and stood, and saw his second in command, Beelzebub. The idea that evil corrupts and diminishes is made graphic in Satan's various guises. The Son goes to Earth and makes his judgments. Milton also emphasizes the physical nature of the love between Adam and Eve.
The story returns to Satan, who lands on Earth in what is now China. He tells the other fallen angels that they should get back at God by corrupting this new creation of God. He hears Adam telling Eve that they mustn't eat the fruit from the forbidden Tree of Knowledge. It appears to consist, mostly, of trimming a few bushes, looking into each other's eyes, and praising God and his creation. The story of the Jesus casting the devil into the Gaverene swine from the Gospel of Mark and then the swine running off a cliff is implied. The Son punishes the serpent to slither on the ground, Eve to have pain in childbirth and submit to her husband, and Adam to labor for his food. Milton goes almost as far in showing that leading innocent people to evil is much worse than leading yourself to evil.
He wonders if God's good became evil in him, and thinks that had he not been so high, he would not have fallen. The sides of the hill are covered with bushes and trees. Also God predicts that man will fall easily due to his own volition. Satan craftily replies that those in Hell seek a better place. Resolute in his plan to tempt Adam and Eve, Satan disguises himself as a large bird to keep an eye on his prey. As Satan considers these ideas, his face changes, revealing his conflicting emotions.