Paradise Lost is an epic poem by John Milton that was first published in 1667. It relies on the underlying structure of ancient epics to portray the Christian worldview as noble and heroic, arguing that God’s actions, for people who might question them, are justified—hinting that humankind’s fall serves God’s greater purposes. In his retelling of Adam and Eve’s story, Milton suggests that disobedience to God leads to spiritual exile, allowing evil in all its manifestations to enter the world, which, in turn, offers necessary opportunities for redemption.


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