A whole host of earlier and later critics—dryden goethe, blake, shelly, lowell, masson, thomas arnold, and raleigh, to name only the more remarkable ones—are of the opinion that satan is the hero as thomas arnold has put it, “it has been often said and it seems true that the hero or the prominent character of paradise lost is satan throughout the first three books the attention is fixed up on his proceedings.
Satan: the true hero of paradise lost by milton the identity of the true protagonist in paradise lost is a mystery one would gather that milton, a puritan, would have no problem casting god as the hero, and satan as the antagonist. Accordingly, satan can rightly be called the hero, or more accurately, the anti-hero like the gods, milton has set up satan as a tragic hero in order to destroy him for all his grandeur, satan suffers from the ultimate fatal flaw, at least in terms of milton’s christianity: his inability both to recognize his sinful nature and to accept the forgiveness god makes readily available. The great debate whether satan is the hero of milton’s epic poem, paradise lost, has been speculated for hundreds of years milton, a writer devoted to theology and the appraisal of god, may not have intended for his portrayal of satan to be marked as heroic.
Since paradise lost is an epic poem that retells the bible account of creation and beyond, the hero is jesus, the son of god everything is fine in heaven until satan, prideful, challenges god and is thrown out of heaven from that point on, satan and his demons make several plans to regain entry into heaven, but fail. Adam, the father of mankind, a pre-figuration of the 'second adam' ie christ, is the true hero of paradise lost it would be unwise to restrict our reading and assessment of satan to books 1 & 2 of milton's poem only.
According to pound, because of his heroic willingness to fight against god and to never give up, satan is the true hero in paradise lost however, based on his actions, satan fails to be any kind of hero the real hero of paradise lost is the lord jesus christ satan is anything but a hero satan is a complainer and a whiner. In books 1 and 2 of john milton's epic poem paradise lost, the action focuses firmly on the fallen angels and, specifically, satan we see his fall from heaven after the vicious rebellion in which he led a third of heaven against god, we see him writhing in the burning lake for nine days, and then.
Satan: the true hero of paradise lost the argument over who is the true protagonist of paradise lost , has been brewing for centuries one would gather that milton, a puritan, would have no problem casting god as the hero, and satan as the antagonist. In john milton's paradise lost, satan, the antihero is a very complex character his character changes dramatically from his first appearance till his last he is the main reason of the fall of mankind, and he is the main reason for this whole poem.