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The Biblical Presence in Shakespeare, Milton, and BlakeA Comparative Study$
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Harold Fisch

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184898

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184898.001.0001

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Paradise Lost: Subtext and Supertext

Paradise Lost: Subtext and Supertext

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(p.179) Chapter 6 Paradise Lost: Subtext and Supertext
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The Biblical Presence in Shakespeare, Milton, and Blake
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Harold Fisch

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184898.003.0006

This chapter argues that the manifest intention of Paradise Lost from the beginning and to its sequel in Paradise Regained is to relate the story of ‘Man’s First Disobedience’ as that which ‘brought Death into the World’, and which would only be set right by the redemptive sacrifice of ‘one greater Man’ who would make good the sin of Adam. Nevertheless, the other narrative which sees the story of Adam and Eve in its Old Testament context as something in between historical fable and moral exemplum is also present as a counterplot.

Keywords:   Milton, Raphael, Adam, Eve, Hermes, messenger, angel, epic poem, original sin

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