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How Has Your Understanding Of The Concept 'the Creation And The Fall', Been Enriched By The Study Of Prescribed Texts In Term One?

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Included a comparative analysis of Genesis (Chapters 1-3) and Milton's Paradise Lost (Book I and II) using the passage provided as the basis for your comparison.The book of Genesis (Chapters 1-3) tells the biblical story of creation, the story behind Adam & Eve and how their defiance of God led their banishment from the Garden of Eden. Paradise Lost (1667) is an epic poem that follows the creation of the world, revises the temptation of Adam and Eve by Satan and follows their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Genesis and Paradise Lost have similar ideological belief, language and concept. There are also factors that set them apart, such as Paradise Lost being in a different style of ...view middle of the document...

The style of writing differs in Paradise Lost and Genesis. Paradise Lost is an epic poem written in blank verse i.e. unrhymed iambic pentameter, while the Genesis is written in chapters. Paradise Lost describes an epic recount from a different perspective than Genesis. This can be seen when Milton invokes his muse, which is actually the Holy Spirit. By invoking a muse, but differentiating it from traditional muses, Milton manages to tell us quite a lot about how he sees his project. In the first place, an invocation of the muse at the beginning of an epic is conventional, so Milton is acknowledging his awareness of Homer, Virgil, and later poets, and signalling that he has mastered their format and wants to be part of their tradition. But by identifying his muse as the divine spirit that inspired the Bible and created the world, he shows that his ambitions go far beyond joining the club of Homer and Virgil. Milton's epic will surpass theirs, drawing on a more fundamental source of truth and dealing with matters of more fundamental importance to human beings. Milton's approach to the invocation of the muse, in which he takes a classical literary convention and reinvents it from a Christian perspective, sets the pattern for all of Paradise Lost. Paradise Lost, being an epic poem as opposed to Genesis being a 'historical' recount may explain for their differences."Paradise Lost" is based on Genesis because it recounts the same events described in Genesis 1-3, as well as making it longer. Milton both expands upon the events of Genesis and incorporates material from other sources or his own imagination. This explains why they have similar ideas but different...

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