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what is a similes for paradise lost book 4


nikki l #211545
Nov 07, 2011 8:58 PM

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what is a similes for paradise lost book 4

I need to know a similes and metaphor for book 4

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jill d #170087
Nov 08, 2011 12:36 AM

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"One important way in which the narrator develops our picture of Satan-and gives us the impression that he is a hero-is through epic similes, lengthy and developed comparisons that tell us how big and powerful Satan is. For example, when Satan is lying on the burning lake, Milton compares him to the titans who waged war upon Jove in Greek mythology. Then, at greater length, he compares him to a Leviathan, or whale, that is so huge that sailors mistake it for an island and fix their anchor to it. In other epics, these sorts of similes are used to establish the great size or strength of characters, and on the surface these similes seem to do the same thing. At the same time, however, the effect of these similes is to unsettle us, making us aware that we really do not know how big Satan is at all. No one knows how big the titans were, because they were defeated before the age of man. The image of the Leviathan does not give us a well-defined sense of his size, because the whole point of the image is that the Leviathan's size generates deception and confusion." (1)

Metaphors would include the eclipsed sun and the comparison of actual events to nature. Satan is compared to the wolf/ the shepherd who's really a god.

Source(s): (1)'s_paradise_lost_book_1#ixzz1d5n3jYX7


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