Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost Characters

Satan

God’s greatest enemy and the ruler of Hell. Satan (his original name is erased; “Satan” means “Adversary”) was one of the most powerful Archangels, but then became jealous of God and convinced a third… (read full character analysis)

God the Father

The ruler and creator of the universe, the traditional Christian God without the third person of the Trinity (the Holy Spirit). God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-good, but he demands total obedience from his… (read full character analysis)

God the Son

The second person of the Trinity, equal to God and of the same essence, but a different person. In the traditional Christian Trinity the Son is eternally “begotten” of the Father, but in Milton’s cosmos… (read full character analysis)

Adam

The first human and the father of mankind. Adam is created as perfect – beautiful, innocent, and wise – but even in his unfallen state he is eager for forbidden knowledge and attracted by Eve(read full character analysis)

Eve

The first woman, Eve is created out of Adam’s rib. She is slightly inferior to him and must “submit” to his will. As soon as she is created Eve shows a fascination with her… (read full character analysis)
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Sin

Satan’s daughter who sprang from his head when he first conceived of disobedience, and then Satan incestuously impregnated her. When she is cast into Hell, Sin becomes a monster with the lower half of… (read full character analysis)

Death

A black, terrifying figure with an insatiable hunger. Death is the product of Satan and Sin’s incestuous union, and after his birth he immediately pursues his mother and rapes her, fathering the dogs that… (read full character analysis)
Minor Characters
Michael
The greatest Archangel and leader of Heaven’s army. Michael later enters Eden to expel Adam and Eve from Paradise and show Adam visions of the future.
Gabriel
The second-in-command of Heaven’s army, Gabriel guards the staircase from Heaven to Earth. He enters Eden and confronts Satan, who flees.
Uriel
A far-seeing angel who guards Eden but is tricked by Satan disguised as a cherub, allowing Satan to enter Eden.
Raphael
An angel whom God sends to warn Adam and Eve about Satan. Raphael eats with the couple and then talks to Adam, explaining Satan’s war, the creation of Earth, and love.
Abdiel
The only angel among Satan’s legions to return to God’s side, despite the scorn of the other rebels.
Beelzebub
Satan’s second-in-command, a powerful devil.
Moloch
A violent devil who will later become a god demanding human sacrifice.
Belial
A well-spoken devil who advocates for sloth.
Mammon
A greedy devil who loves riches. Even in Heaven Mammon was always crouched over, staring at the golden roads.
Mulciber
An architect devil who designs Pandaemonium and is associated with the Greek god Hephaestus.
Chaos
The raw, “dark materials” out of which God creates everything, but also an embodiment of these, a figure who desires disorder.
Night
Chaos’s consort, also part of the abyss surrounding God’s creation.
The Muse (Urania)
The figure of divine inspiration that Milton invokes to help him write the poem. The Muse is associated with Urania, the Greek Muse of astronomy, but also with the Holy Spirit.
Ithuriel
An angel under Gabriel’s command who finds Satan in the form of a toad.
Zephon
The other angel who finds Satan and brings him before Gabriel.
The Holy Spirit
The third person of the Trinity in Christian theology, but in Milton’s poem only referenced as his Muse and the “Comforter” who will help Christians after Jesus is gone.
Cain and Abel
Adam and Eve’s first children. Cain kills Abel out of jealousy.
Enoch
The only righteous man in the early sinful world. God snatches him up to Heaven before he dies.
Noah
The only righteous man of a later generation, who builds an ark and then “restarts” the human race after God destroys the Earth with a flood.
Nimrod
A tyrant who tries to build the Tower of Babel.
Abraham
A righteous man who leaves his idolatrous parents and goes to Canaan. The patriarch of Israel.
Pharaoh
The Egyptian ruler who enslaves the Israelites.
Moses
A righteous Israelite who frees his people from Egypt and accepts the Ten Commandments.
Joshua
Moses’s successor who leads the Israelites into the Promised Land, the symbolic precursor of Jesus.
David
A great Israelite king and ancestor of Jesus.
Mary
The virgin mother of Jesus, the “second Eve” who undoes Eve’s original sin.