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LINES 670-747. GOD INTERVENES

God has been watching the dreadful destruction. He permits it in order to enhance the glory of his Son, who will bring the conflict to an end. He tells the Son about the events of the first two days and says that he has reserved the third for him: "that the Glory may be thine / Of ending this great war, since none but Thou / Can end it." He commands him to lead out all the heavenly forces and drive the rebel angels down to Hell.

The Son accepts the command willingly, again making a clear contrast between his obedience and Satan's rebellion. For the Son, "to obey is happiness entire."



Do you feel that the Son is just too good to be true? It's difficult to feel in awe of him because he tends to sound like a kid who wants to please authority. But you might ask yourself how a writer can portray goodness in the abstract. What could Milton do to make the Son as interesting as Satan is?

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