In this extemporaneous reading of Satan's soliloquy from Book 4 of John Milton's Paradise Lost, we take a look at some of the more intriguing lines that show just how much Satan suffers under the weight of his own shame. I hope this solo episode helps to enrich some of the conversations that we are having on the podcast with my guests. Often times, I'll bring up Milton's Satan in a conversation, so I thought I might just do a video on how I read the character. It's one of the greatest poems ever written in the English language, and I highly recommend people read through it at least once--if for no other reason than to just let your mind absorb the sublime language and elevated thoughts that Milton uses throughout. It's truly an amazing work.
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00:00 Introduction and a little background
03:44 I start reading the soliloquy
09:15 We start to break down what is going on
10:57 the pride and ambition of Lucifer
12:58 A grateful mind by owing owes not
15:03 Had I been some lower angel on the hierarchy...
17:56 Is there room for repentance for Milton's Satan?
23:48 The rhetorical traps that we weave
28:50 my favorite part: bought with double smart
34:17 I will feed on hate, anger, and rage
35:05 DOH! I mean Hell. You do NOT want to abandon hope in Heaven
37:28 Connection to Darth Vader in Star Wars and his loss of hope
39:50 Buying into the delusion of grandeur
43:28 Should we feel sorry for Milton's Satan?
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