As the late C. A. Patrides points out in Milton and the Christian Tradition, Paradise Lost is not a theological treatise, but it is a religious poem. More to the point, it is a "Christian Protestant Poem" (5). As a Christian poem, Paradise Lost offers a dynamic network of contrasts: good vs. evil, love vs. hate, humility vs. pride, reason vs. passion, servitude vs. freedom, and the Son vs. Satan. A less obvious, yet equally compelling, contrast is that between the two meals that occur in the epic. These two meals are set in opposition to one another and used, I believe, to illustrate the radical difference between the Puritan form of the Communion Service and the Communion ritual of the Roman Catholic Church.
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"Milton's Treatment of the Eucharistic Sacrament in Paradise Lost,"
Draftings In: Vol. 6:
1, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/draftings/vol6/iss1/8