Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Milton, Manson, and LaVey: The Satanic Ideal
by Vecchio, Rebecca C., M.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2020, 38; 28091161
Abstract (Summary)

John Milton’s Satan from his epic poem Paradise Lost is often read as a complex and sympathetic character, but a villain nonetheless. Here, I will examine how Milton’s Satan not only became a template for the modern atheistic Satanic Ideal, which is outlined by Anton Szandor LaVey, but also how artist Marilyn Manson has come to embody these ideal characteristics. I will compare Manson, as the narrator of his lyrical work, to Milton’s Satan. Manson, like Satan, is heroic in that they both defy oppression. Milton’s Satan represents a proto-Satanic ideal, which is discussed in greater detail by LaVey and further refined by Manson himself. My aim is not to discredit the idea that Satan is in fact the villain of Paradise Lost, but rather offer a reading wherein Milton’s Satan evolves past the bounds of the poem and into a social and religious context becoming an ideal which is sought after.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Graham, Jean Elyse, Panou, Nikolaos
School: State University of New York at Stony Brook
Department: English
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 82/4(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Literature, Philosophy of religion
Keywords: Anton LaVey, John Milton, Marilyn Manson, Paradise Lost, Satanism
Publication Number: 28091161
ISBN: 9798678162014
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