John Milton, best known for writing the 17th century epic poem Paradise Lost, was also a politician. Although Paradise Lost seems to present Heaven as a monarchy with God as king, at the time he wrote it, Milton was in exile for supporting execution of King Charles I. In this paper, I examine Paradise Lost as well as several pieces of Milton’s political prose to discern if he makes a direct comparison between God and Charles I; in other words, I dissect the arguments surrounding the myth of Milton’s monarchic Heaven to show that Milton actually establishes God as a Father or Creator who presides over a free commonwealth, rather than a king who presides over servile subjects.
Jeannene Clark, ’15
Des Moines, IA
Majors: English – Literature Concentration, International Relations
Sponsor: Shannon Reed