1) Rewrite in modern English Beelzebub's response to Satan.
2) What do each of these sets of lines reveal about either of these characters?
lines 143-145 Characterization :continues to think it is merely God's strength (not his goodness) that overcame them. The most serious sin found in hell is pride. (Beelzebub)
lines 157-165 Characterization: Cast into irrevocable ruin, Satan realizes God may still use him for good, so he is determined to sabotage God's every plan. while Satan claims that to do ill will be their delight (l. 160) Milton makes it clear there is no delight in Hell. Satan's pain is unrelenting and eternal. (Satan)
lines 180-184 Imagery : Because it is spoken by Satan, vivid description of Hell gains added force.
lines 198-202 Allusion: References to classical mythology. As with most Renaissance writers, the classical world is part of Milton's world view.
line 210 Paradox: Milton employs another paradoxical image to describe Hell. Normally lakes don't burn.
lines 211-213 Meaning: Crucial; Satan can act only if Heaven permits it.
lines 216-218 Irony : Though the outcome is hard to foresee at this point, Milton reminds the reader that God will make Satan's rebellion and fall "bring forth infinite goodness, grace and mercy."