PARADISE LOST ~ OUTLINE

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BOOK I - Satan and the fallen angels in Hell

A. Introduction to the poem, and first invocation [1-]
B. Satan and his lieutenant awaken in the lake of fire [50-282]
. . . . . 1. Satan's speech, refusing to accept defeat [84-]
. . . . . 2. Beelzebub's speech, fearing eternal slavery in Hell [128-]
. . . . . 3. Satan's speech, vowing to resist [156-]
. . . . . 4. They rise off the lake and light on solid ground [192-]
. . . . . 5. Satan's speech, accepting Hell as his new capital [242-]
. . . . . 6. Beelzebub urges Satan to speak to the fallen angels [271-]
C. Satan rallies his troops [283-669]
. . . . . 1. Satan calls them out of the lake where they lay [283-]
. . . . . 2. The multitudes fly out of the lake [331-]
. . . . . 3. The high ranking angels come forth one by one [376-521]
. . . . . . . . . . a) Moloch [381-]
. . . . . . . . . . b) Chemos [406-]
. . . . . . . . . . c) Baalim and Ashtaroth [421-]
. . . . . . . . . . d) Astoreth [437-]
. . . . . . . . . . e) Thammuz [446-]
. . . . . . . . . . f) Dagon [457-]
. . . . . . . . . . g) Rimmon [467-]
. . . . . . . . . . h) The Egyptian gods [476-]
. . . . . . . . . . i) Belial [490-]
. . . . . . . . . . j) The Olympian gods [507-]
. . . . . 4. They assemble before Satan [522-]
. . . . . 5. Satan's speech [622-]
D. The devils build their palace, Pandemonium [670-]
E. They assemble within to hold council [752-797]

BOOK II - The Council; Satan's odyssey to Earth

A. High council is held in Pandemonium [1-520]
. . . . . 1. Satan's opening speech [11-]
. . . . . 2. Moloch proposes a return to war [43-]
. . . . . 3. Belial proposes inaction [106-]
. . . . . 4. Mammon seconds Belial's argument [226-]
. . . . . 5. Beelzebub proposes an exploration of Earth [299-]
. . . . . 6. Satan volunteers to undertake the mission alone [430-]
. . . . . 7. The council dissolves and the resolution is announced without [486-]
B. The devils disband and occupy themselves during Satan's leave [521-628]
. . . . . 1. Part engage in sport, song, and philosophy [528-]
. . . . . 2. Part explore the interior of Hell [570-]
C. Satan's passage out of Hell [629-1055]
. . . . . 1. Satan meets Sin and Death at the gate of Hell [643-889]
. . . . . . . . . . a) Death challenges Satan [675-]
. . . . . . . . . . b) Sin describes their origin [746-]
. . . . . . . . . . c) Sin opens the gate of Hell [850-]
. . . . . 2. Satan's journey across Chaos [890-1055]
. . . . . . . . . . a) The wildness of Chaos appears before the open gate [890-]
. . . . . . . . . . b) Satan sails out into the mixed elements [927-]
. . . . . . . . . . c) He holds discourse with Chaos [951-]
. . . . . . . . . . d) He approaches the heavenly region [1034-1055]

BOOK III - God's prophecies; Satan reaches Earth

A. Second invocation [1-]
B. God views and reacts to Satan's passage [56-417]
. . . . . 1. God, the Father, prophesizes man's fall [80-]
. . . . . 2. The Son responds, on man's behalf [144-]
. . . . . 3. The Father proclaims how man may be saved [167-]
. . . . . 4. The Son offers to sacrifice himself for man's salvation [217-]
. . . . . 5. The Father accepts same and bestows glory on his Son [274-]
. . . . . 6. The angels sing songs of praise [344-]
C. Satan arrives at the new world [418-742]
. . . . . 1. He explores the outer shell of the universe [430-559]
. . . . . . . . . . a) The future Limbo of Fools [440-]
. . . . . . . . . . b) The stairway to Heaven [498-]
. . . . . 2. He enters the universe [560-742]
. . . . . . . . . . a) He lands on the Sun [571-]
. . . . . . . . . . b) In disguise, he accosts the angel Uriel [636-]
. . . . . . . . . . c) Fooled by him, Uriel directs him to Adam's home [689-742]

BOOK IV - Satan in Eden

A. Satan enters Eden [1-287]
. . . . . 1. His passionate speech to the Sun [32-]
. . . . . 2. He approaches Paradise [114-]
. . . . . 3. He enters the Garden [172-287]
. . . . . . . . . . a) He hides in the Tree of Life [172-]
. . . . . . . . . . b) The Garden of Eden described [205-]
B. Satan discovers Adam and Eve [288-539]
. . . . . 1. Satan sees the human couple [288-]
. . . . . 2. He expresses jealousy of them [358-]
. . . . . 3. Taking the forms of various animals, Satan eavesdrops on them [408-]
. . . . . 4. He plots their ruin [502-]
C. Uriel warns Gabriel of Satan's presence [540-]
D. Satan is banished from Paradise [598-1015]
. . . . . 1. Adam and Eve retire [598-775]
. . . . . . . . . . a) Their discourse on the night sky [610-]
. . . . . . . . . . b) They go to the bower and say evening prayers [689-]
. . . . . . . . . . c) They lay together in conjugal love [736-]
. . . . . 2. Satan is discovered [776-1015]
. . . . . . . . . . a) Gabriel sends his angels to patrol the Garden [776-]
. . . . . . . . . . b) Satan is found near the human couple and is apprehended [797-]
. . . . . . . . . . c) Gabriel banishes him from Paradise [864-1015]

BOOK V - Raphael descends to warn the human couple of Satan

A. Eve's dream [1-208]
. . . . . 1. Adam and Eve awake in the morning [1-]
. . . . . 2. Eve relates her nightmare [26-]
. . . . . 3. Adam comforts her [95-]
. . . . . 4. They say morning prayers [136-]
B. Raphael visits Eden [209-560]
. . . . . 1. God gives Raphael his assignment [219-]
. . . . . 2. Raphael descends to Earth [246-]
. . . . . 3. He meets the human couple [298-432]
. . . . . . . . . . a) Adam, seeing his approach, has Eve prepare dinner [298-]
. . . . . . . . . . b) Adam greets Raphael [350-]
. . . . . . . . . . c) Raphael meets Eve [377-]
. . . . . 4. At table [433-560]
. . . . . . . . . . a) They dine [433-]
. . . . . . . . . . b) Adam induces conversation on food and angels [451-]
. . . . . . . . . . c) The conversation turns to Raphael's purpose [506-]
C. Raphael relates the war in Heaven [561-907]
. . . . . 1. The celebration in Heaven [577-]
. . . . . 2. The jealousy of Satan (then called Lucifer) [657-]
. . . . . 3. God sees the rebellion rising [711-]
. . . . . 4. Satan's followers gather at his quarters [743-]
. . . . . 5. Abdiel opposes Satan's rebellion [803-907]

BOOK VI - Raphael continues to relate the war in Heaven

A. The armies meet on the plain [1-188]
. . . . . 1. Abdiel returns to the faithful angels [1-]
. . . . . 2. The opposing forces meet front to front [78-]
. . . . . 3. Abdiel confronts Satan [107-]
B. The first battle [189-405]
. . . . . 1. The battle is joined [189-]
. . . . . 2. Michael duels Satan [245-]
. . . . . 3. Other fights are described, as the faithful prevail [354-]
C. The rebels retreat under nightfall [406-523]
. . . . . 1. In council, Satan urges more violent battle [418-]
. . . . . 2. Nisroch laments pain, never known before [446-]
. . . . . 3. Satan conceives the use of gunpowder [469-]
D. The second battle [524-668]
. . . . . 1. Next morning, the faithful see their foe approach [524-]
. . . . . 2. Satan's crew attacks with cannons [555-]
. . . . . 3. The armies toss mountains at each other [634-]
E. Messiah ends the war [669-892]
. . . . . 1. The Father sends forth his Son to end the battle [669-]
. . . . . 2. Messiah casts the rebel army into Hell [746-892]
. . . . . . . . . . a) He rides forth in his chariot [746-]
. . . . . . . . . . b) The faithful angels watch as he crushes the enemy [824-]
. . . . . . . . . . c) He returns to the Father triumphant [878-]
F. Raphael's closing remarks [893-912]

BOOK VII - Creation of the world

A. Third invocation [1-40]
B. Adam asks Raphael to describe how the world began [59-]
C. Raphael relates the days of the Creation [110-640]
. . . . . 1. The Son returns after victory in battle [131-]
. . . . . 2. He is sent forth by the Father to carry out the acts of Creation [192-]
. . . . . 3. The first day: God creates light [243-]
. . . . . 4. The second day: God creates the firmament [261-]
. . . . . 5. The third day: God creates the green landscape [276-]
. . . . . 6. The fourth day: God creates the sun, moon, and stars [339-]
. . . . . 7. The fifth day: God creates the birds and sea creatures [387-]
. . . . . 8. The sixth day: God creates the animals and man [449-]
. . . . . 9. The seventh day: God returns to heaven [551-]
. . . . 10. The song of the angels [602-632]

BOOK VIII - The creation of Adam and Eve

A. The discourse of Adam and Raphael on the heavenly bodies [1-178]
. . . . . 1. Adam asks Raphael about the proportions of the heavens [1-]
. . . . . 2. Eve retires from their presence [39-]
. . . . . 3. Raphael responds that these matters are not for Adam to know [66-]
B. Adam seeks to extend their visit, and Raphael agrees [179-248]
. . . . . 1. Adam offers to tell Raphael about his origin [179-]
. . . . . 2. Raphael explains his absence during the world's creation [217-]
C. Adam relates to Raphael his memory of his and Eve's creation [249-520]
. . . . . 1. Adam awakes and explores the world [253-]
. . . . . 2. Adam speaks with God [295-451]
. . . . . . . . . . a) God appears and brings Adam to the Garden of Eden [295-]
. . . . . . . . . . b) God pronounces his edict on the forbidden fruit [316-]
. . . . . . . . . . c) God instructs Adam to name all the animals [336-]
. . . . . . . . . . d) Adam and God enter into discourse on man's solitude [357-]
. . . . . . . . . . e) God informs Adam that he shall receive a mate [437-]
. . . . . 3. God creates Eve from Adam's rib [452-]
. . . . . 4. The marriage of Adam and Eve [484-]
D. Adam and Raphael discourse on love and passion [521-]
E. Raphael's final warning and departure [630-653]

BOOK IX - The Fall

A. Fourth invocation [1-]
B. Satan returns to Eden and possesses the serpent [48-191]
. . . . . 1. Satan gains secret entrance to the Garden [48-]
. . . . . 2. He expresses his thirst for revenge [98-]
. . . . . 3. He finds and enters the sleeping serpent [179-]
C. Adam and Eve divide their work in the Garden [192-403]
. . . . . 1. Eve's proposal that they work in different areas [205-341]
. . . . . . . . . . a) Eve makes the suggestion [205-]
. . . . . . . . . . b) Adam expresses fear of danger in separation [226-]
. . . . . . . . . . c) Eve takes offense that he mistrusts her [270-]
. . . . . . . . . . d) Adam pleads his case further [290-]
. . . . . . . . . . e) Eve expresses dismay at their restricted condition [319-]
. . . . . 2. Adam reluctantly submits to her wish [342-]
. . . . . 3. Eve responds happily and they separate [376-]
D. The temptation of Eve [404-732]
. . . . . 1. The serpent finds Eve alone and approaches her [404-]
. . . . . 2. He speaks to Eve and leads her to the forbidden tree [532-]
. . . . . 3. The serpent delivers his speech of temptation [664-]
E. Eve's fall [733-838]
. . . . . 1. Eve is tempted and eats the fruit [733-]
. . . . . 2. Her reasonings and imaginings afterwards [784-]
F. Adam's fall [838-1004]
. . . . . 1. Eve greets Adam, who has come to look for her [856-]
. . . . . 2. Adam's horror at finding Eve has eaten the fruit [888-959]
. . . . . . . . . . a) His thoughts [896-]
. . . . . . . . . . b) His words to Eve [917-]
. . . . . 3. Eve offers him the fruit and he eats [960-]
G. The aftermath [1004-1189]
. . . . . 1. Lust [1011-]
. . . . . 2. Shame [1046-]
. . . . . 3. Mutual accusation [1119-1189]

BOOK X - God's judgement; Adam and Eve's reconciliation

A. God reviews the situation before the assembled angels [1-]
B. The Son of God judges the sinners [63-228]
. . . . . 1. The Son accepts his Father's charge and descends to Earth [63-]
. . . . . 2. Adam and Eve give account [115-]
. . . . . 3. God passes judgement on them and the serpent [163-]
. . . . . 4. God shows compassion towards the couple [209-]
C. Sin and Death build a bridge to Earth [229-409]
. . . . . 1. In Hell, Sin and Death sense Satan's success [229-]
. . . . . 2. They construct a highway across Chaos [282-]
. . . . . 3. They meet their father returning from Earth [325-]
D. Satan reenters Hell [410-584]
. . . . . 1. Satan arrives in Pandemonium and ascends his throne unperceived [410-]
. . . . . 2. He reports the success of his mission to the throng [449-]
. . . . . 3. They are all turned into serpents by God as punishment [504-]
E. Sin and Death arrive on Earth [585-648]
. . . . . 1. They prepare to ravage all life on Earth [585-]
. . . . . 2. Watching them, God proclaims what their fate will be at the end of time [613-]
F. God prescribes what physical changes shall take place in the fallen world [649-]
G. Adam and Eve confront their changed state [714-]
. . . . . 1. Adam laments his fallen condition [714-]
. . . . . 2. Adam and Eve reconciliate [863-1104]
. . . . . . . . . . a) Adam harshly rejects Eve's overture [863-]
. . . . . . . . . . b) She humbles herself and begs forgiveness [909-]
. . . . . . . . . . c) Adam relents and forgives her [937-]
. . . . . . . . . . d) Eve suggests they commit suicide [966-]
. . . . . . . . . . e) Adam gently admonishes her [1010-1104]

BOOK XI - Michael's prophecies till the Flood

A. The prayers of Adam and Eve reach Heaven [1-125]
. . . . . 1. The Son of God intercedes for them [20-]
. . . . . 2. The Father accepts his intercession [45-]
. . . . . 3. God pronounces his will to the angels [72-]
. . . . . 4. God sends Michael to expel the pair from Paradise [99-]
B. Michael descends to Earth [126-410]
. . . . . 1. Having prayed, Adam and Eve accept their plight [133-]
. . . . . 2. They see omens [181-]
. . . . . 3. They witness Michael's arrival [208-]
. . . . . 4. He informs them of their eminent expulsion [251-]
. . . . . 5. Eve's lament [265-]
. . . . . 6. Adam's lament [293-]
. . . . . 7. Michael's admonition [334-]
. . . . . 8. Michael brings Adam to the mountain top [370-]
C. Michael shows Adam the future in visions [411-901]
. . . . . 1. Cain and Abel [423-]
. . . . . 2. The house of diseases [466-]
. . . . . 3. Men corrupted by women [556-]
. . . . . 4. War and plunder; Enoch [638-]
. . . . . 5. Noah [712-901]
. . . . . . . . . . a) The Ark and the Flood [712-]
. . . . . . . . . . b) Adam weeps at mankind's destruction [754-]
. . . . . . . . . . c) The rainbow and the covenant [840-901]

BOOK XII - From the Flood to Jesus; Expulsion from Eden

A. Michael continues to relate prophecies to Adam [1-605]
. . . . . 1. The Tower of Babel [13-]
. . . . . 2. Abraham [105-]
. . . . . 3. Moses [151-]
. . . . . 4. Jesus [270-551]
. . . . . . . . . . a) Adam expresses his sense of enlightenment [270-]
. . . . . . . . . . b) Raphael relates the origin of Jesus [285-]
. . . . . . . . . . c) Adam eagerly inquires about Jesus' battle against Satan [372-]
. . . . . . . . . . d) Raphael relates the life and resurrection of Jesus [386-]
. . . . . . . . . . e) Adam rejoices, but questions the fate of those left on Earth [466-]
. . . . . . . . . . f) Raphael summarizes the struggles of Christianity [485-]
. . . . . 5. Adam is reconfirmed in obedience to God [552-]
B. Michael expels Adam and Eve from Paradise [606-649]
. . . . . 1. Eve greets the returning pair, her spirits restored by dreams [606-]
. . . . . 2. Adam and Eve are sent out of the Garden of Eden [624-649]






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