Light and darkness images in relation to emotions in John Milton’s paradise lost /

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This thesis studies John Milton's Paradise Lost in terms of light and darkness images and connects this imagery to the emotional states of the characters. The recurrent images of light and darkness prove to reveal the emotional situations of the three main characters of the epic, Satan, Adam and Eve. Seventeenth century theories of emotions serve as background for this emotional analysis. The principles of the four influential philosophers of the era, Descartes, Malebranche, Hobbes and Spinoza about emotions help to deepen the investigation of the emotional states of these three main characters. Descartes' theory is used for the definition and classification of Satan's emotions. The violent and tender passions of Satan are explored in line with the Cartesian principles that emphasise the passivity and externality in the working of emotions. For illustrating and analysing Adam and Eve's emotions at different stages in the epic, Malebranche's, Hobbes' and Spinoza's theories are employed. The positive and negative emotions of Adam and Eve are examined under the light of these three philosophers' theories of emotions as they offer insights into the human couple's differing emotional states before and after the Fall.


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S. Doğan, “Light and darkness images in relation to emotions in John Milton’s paradise lost /,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2014.