Chapter: English Literature in the Early Seventeenth Century
Something Paradise Lost does extremely well - and something I'm quite frankly shocked Milton got away with in the 1600s - is making Satan a sympathetic character. He fought against what he perceived to be grave injustice and, for his trouble, was dropped into a lake of fire with all his buddies. He's never given any chance at redemption; he's simply stuck in hell for the rest of eternity. Satan himself actually takes this a lot harder than the other fallen angels, who pass their time in exploration, sport, and song. Satan, unwilling or unable to accept his fate, becomes convinced that God's new "Earth" is the promised land for his fallen angels, and thus begins an epic journey to get there.
Honestly, it's pretty cool.
Anyway, I have an addendum to explain about the new comment system: I've discovered that, if a random Lit Brick avatar is assigned to your e-mail address, it'll stick with your name permanently unless I add or delete new avatars later. For instance, TsunamiJane - who won the LB lottery by randomly scoring the She-Jesus II avatar - gets to keep looking like She-Jesus until I add new icons to the mix, at which point everyone gets a new random avatar assigned from the grab bag. This should actually happen fairly often, since I fully intended to keep adding new avatars to the mix on a regular basis (like Satan, for starters).
Lit Brick is a comic started by Jodie Troutman in an effort to read the entire Norton Anthology of English Literature. Having eventually succeeded in that goal, it now features comics about all manner of random literature. For more of Jodie's work, visit troutcave.net!