Paradise Lost


John Milton

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God the Son Character Analysis

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 the Father begets the Son at a specific point and then elevates him to divinity. The Son is more active than the Father in Paradise Lost, creating the Earth, volunteering to die for humanity’s sake, and entering Eden to punish Adam and Eve. The Son later becomes incarnate as Jesus, who dies and rises from the dead, defeating Death and Satan. The Son will then return to join Heaven and Earth into one Paradise.

God the Son Quotes in Paradise Lost

The Paradise Lost quotes below are all either spoken by God the Son or refer to God the Son. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Hierarchy and Order Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Classics edition of Paradise Lost published in 2003.
Book 3 Quotes

So man, as is most just,
Shall satisfy for man, be judged and die,
And dying rise, and rising with him raise
His brethren, ransomed with his own dear life.
So Heav’nly love shall outdo Hellish hate,
Giving to death, and dying to redeem,
So dearly to redeem what Hellish hate
So easily destroyed, and still destroys
In those who, when they may, accept not grace.

Related Characters: God the Father (speaker), God the Son, Adam
Page Number: 3.294-302
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