John Milton: A Cause Without a Rebel

dc.contributor.authorBruce, Adam Alexanderen
dc.contributor.committeechairCleland, Katharineen
dc.contributor.committeememberRadcliffe, David H.en
dc.contributor.committeememberColaianne, Anthony J.en
dc.contributor.departmentEnglishen
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-18T20:12:14Zen
dc.date.available2015-09-18T20:12:14Zen
dc.date.issued2015-08-31en
dc.description.abstractJohn Milton has been frequently associated with rebellion, both by modern scholars and by his contemporaries. Objectively speaking, he may very well be a rebel; however, looking to his own works complicates the issue. In fact, Milton makes very clear in his writing, especially in The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates, that he abhors rebellion mainly because it is unlawful. Furthermore, he describes the uprising against King Charles I by disassociating it from any kind of rebellion, instead determining that the uprising was done lawfully. Milton writes about rebellion in the same way in many of his works leading up to and including Paradise Lost, where Satan resembles the rebel that Milton so vehemently despises. Given Milton's dislike of rebellion, his association of it with Satan complicates another commonplace scholarly argument; that Satan is sympathetic in Paradise Lost. This work will explicate Milton's definition of rebellion, especially through Tenure, and will then use that definition to demonstrate that Satan cannot be read as sympathetic.en
dc.description.degreeMaster of Artsen
dc.format.mediumETDen
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:5763en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/56611en
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectJohn Miltonen
dc.subjectKing Charles Ien
dc.subjectRebellionen
dc.subjectSatanen
dc.subjectParadise Losten
dc.subjectOn The Tenure of Kings and Magistratesen
dc.titleJohn Milton: A Cause Without a Rebelen
dc.typeThesisen
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen
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