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kikketta69 - Erectus - 116 Punti
Salve a tutti :)
Vorrei chiedervi cortesemente di aiutarmi nella comprensione del testo ''Satan's speech'' tratto dal ''paradise lost'' di john milton.
mi riesce difficile, spero nel vostro aiuto.. mi servirebbe entro il 7 gennaio se possibile.. vi ringrazio in anticipo :) ciao

"Is this the region, this the soil, the clime,"
Said then the lost archangel, "this the seat
That we must change for heav'n, this mournful gloom
For that celestial light? Be it so, since he
Who now is sovran can dispose and bid
What shall be right: furthest from him is best
Whom reason hath equalled, force hath made supreme
Above his equals. Farewell happy fields
Where joy for ever dwells: hail horrors, hail
Infernal world, and thou profoundest hell
Receive thy new possessor: one who brings
A mind not to be changed by place or time.
The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
What matter where, if I be still the same,
And what I should be, all but less than he
Whom thunder bath made greater? Here at least
We shall be free; the almighty hath not built
Here for his envy, will not drive us hence:
Here we may reign secure, and in my choice
To reign is worth ambition though in hell:
Better to reign in hell, than serve in heaven.
But wherefore let we then our faithful friends,
The associates and copartners of our loss
Lie thus astonished on the oblivious pool,
And call them not to share with us their part
In this unhappy mansion, or once more
With rallied arms to try what may be yet
Regained in heaven, or what more lost in hell?"

1) Who is speaking? Is he alone?
2) What does he hail?
3) How does Satan react to the fall from heaven?
4) Does he feel equal to God? Why is the power of reason so important?
5)List any reference to the features of Heaven and Hell
6) State which semantic area all the antitheses belong to. Then try to recognise the message the convey
7) Underline any words or phrases in which Satan refers to God. How does Satan see God?
8)What are Satan's feelings about his new situation?
9) Can you consider Satan an epic hero? why?
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