English 203: World Literature I

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“A classic can only occur when a civilization is mature; when a language and a literature are mature; and it must be the work of a mature mind. It is the importance of that civilization and of that language, as well as the comprehensiveness of the mind of the individual poet, which gives the universality.”
T.S.Eliot, “What is a Classic?”

Address delivered before the Virgil Society

"Adam and Eve" by Titan

Take Home Final Exam

Choose one of the questions below. Your answer should be at least 5 typed,
double-spaced pages. Remember to quote from the text to support your answer.

Paradise Lost

Milton recounts the story of the revolt of Satan and his banishment from Heaven, and the Fall of man and his expulsion from Eden. In this epic poem, Milton says that he wants to “justify the ways of God to men” (1.26). What themes does Milton suggest in this work?

Who is the hero of Milton’s masterpiece – Satan, Adam, Eve, or the human race?

Compare Dante’s Satan to Milton’s Satan.

Who is to blame for the Fall in Milton’s famous poem – Satan, Adam, Eve, or Milton's God?

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