John Milton's "Paradise Lost" as Drama, Part 2

John Milton's Paradise Lost as Drama, Part 2 A

This section covers the fallen angels in Hell, as they debate about their future. Their arguments display a natural range in the psychological attitudes of victims after a disastrous failure: self-delusion, desire for revenge, anger, passivity, etc. The language is remarkably dramatic: apt, plausible and readily memorized despite the length of speeches. Because of the gender balance in the cast several of the devils are female, but this adds variety to the performance, and Milton did list several females among the fallen spirits.



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