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.
|Advisor:||Graham, Jean Elyse, Panou, Nikolaos|
|School:||State University of New York at Stony Brook|
|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|
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