John Milton’s Satan
People argue about who the hero is of Paradise Lost: Satan, Adam or Christ, the Son? Since Milton’s overall theme stated in the opening lines of Book I is to relate ‘Man’s first disobedience’ and to ‘justify the ways of God to men’, I think Adam must be regarded as the main hero. John M. Steadman supports this view in an essay on Paradise Lost. “It is Adam’s
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the Variorum” in Is There a Text in This Class? Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1980.
Hughes, Merritt Y. “Satan and the ‘Myth’ of the Tyrant.” Essays in English Literature from the Renaissance to the Victorian Age Presented to A.S.P. Woodhouse 1964. Ed. Millar MacLure and F.W. Watt. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1964. 125-48.
Steadman, John M. “The Idea of Satan as the Hero of Paradise Lost.” Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 120, 1976. 253-94.