Milton's Angels

Jonathan Goldberg

in The Seeds of Things

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230662
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235827 | DOI:
Milton's Angels

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John Milton is famous for his nonconforming convictions, evident in his refusal of the concepts of Trinity, afterlife, and the delineation between the spirit and the physical world. Another viewpoint is his respect to gender differences as the central element that influences the mind/body dualism of an individual. At the top of it all, Milton conceptualizes the angels, which are viewed by C.S. Lewis to have similar features to us except for sex, due to their non-reproductive purposes. These creatures are brought into the picture to set a euphoric stance that would alleviate the human condition from the wounds inflicted by the original sin. Notwithstanding the fact that the exploration of the creation of nature has its foundational forms of variation, the root of it all shall be recognized as the “one,” even if it is the opposite.

Keywords: John Milton; Trinity; afterlife; spirit; physical world; gender differences; mind/body dualism; angels; sex; original sin

Chapter.  12385 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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