In Paradise Lost the reader is told the story of humankind’s fall from grace. Throughout the poem the reader is constantly reminded that he or she has fallen and sinned. Yet it is not just these written reminders that tell us our distance from God.
As the epic progresses, so does the narrator’s distance from the reader. Beginning on a mortal plane, the narrator eventually transcends all the way up to the perspective of an angel in order to tell the story.
As the narrator shifts, the reader experiences more and more difficulty in joining the narrative audience. This inability to fully join the story reinforces the fallen state of the reader. Through narrative technique, the reader is distanced from the poem, thus being reminded of their distance from God.
Brooke Beskow, ’13
Hanover Park, IL
Majors: English and Creative Writing, Secondary Ed. Certification
Sponsor: Shannon Reed