"Lec 15 - Paradise Lost, Books V-VI" Milton (ENGL 220) The description of human sexual hierarchy in Book Four of Paradise Lost is contrasted with the depiction of angelic hierarchy in Book Five. Both the Archangel Raphael's and Satan's accounts and theories of creation are examined. The poem's complex and vacillating endorsement of arbitrary decree, on the one hand, and egalitarian self-determination, on the other, is probed. The nature of matter and physical being in Heaven and Eden are explored with particular emphasis placed on the poem's monistic elements. Overall, Milton's willingness to question accepted religious, social, and political doctrine, even that which authorities in his own poem seem to express, is stressed. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Men vs. Women: The Coexistence of Freedom and Social Hierarchy in "Paradise Lost" Book IV 08:49 - Chapter 2. Angels vs. Humans: The Coexistence of Freedom and Social Hierarchy in "Paradise Lost" Book V 40:34 - Chapter 3. Satan's Discussion with Abdiel Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses This course was recorded in Fall 2007.
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