I don’t think John Milton meant to write an aspirational text for non-conformists, but Paradise Lost is sometimes taken that way. Satan is goals? Okay then!
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Here are the links relating to the episode:
Here’s a Wiki to Paradise Lost in pop culture. Like I said in the show, there’s a LOT.
Why You Should Re-Read Paradise Lost. Or, you know, read it for the first time. If my podcast didn’t work, maybe a BBC article will do it!
An interesting article about how the apple became the forbidden fruit.
Really enjoyed this episode! I thought it fascinating how you trace our current cultural obsession with the origin story of villains as far back as Paradise Lost! Never thought about that, and it is such an interesting idea! Another cool observation you make is the seeming lack of hierarchy between the fallen angles. I wonder, is it conceivably to ensure that they do not reproduce the same power structures which they were dissatisfied with in Heaven? That would certainly seem to suggest the fallen angels/demons as a more egalitarian society and lend credence to the popular idea of Satan and his fellows being the heroes.
One of my most memorable Halloweens was during my college years when I took a night class on works of this time period. That Halloween night our group presented on Paradise Lost, and we got to play act a lot of the spookier aspects of the poem. It turned out to be a lot of fun for everyone.
The Devil’s Advocate = Awesome Movie, and thanks for the link to the popular culture references!
Ooooh, play acting from Paradise Lost sounds like a lot of fun! My night classes in college were always either geology labs or journalism courses focusing on reporting on foreign wars! Not as fun!