John Milton’s Paradise Lost

This paper compares Milton’s Paradise with Areopagitica and discusses the doctrine of the fortunate fall, the impact of dreams and visions and Milton’s insights into the psychology of man.

If mankind had followed God’s orders, it could have lived in paradise forever. However, because of their succumbing to temptation, depravity, and deception, they now have lost grace, but will be forgiven because of God’s abundant mercy.
This unique vision is God’s unfortunate realization that human beings were innately flawed. He says himself that because of their free will and ability to think for themselves, they are able to stray from God’s perfect plans. This logic makes sense however, since God is the only infallible being.