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The Supervillain Reader$
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Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496826466

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496826466.001.0001

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“More Demon Than Man”

“More Demon Than Man”

Melville’s Ahab as Gothic Villain1

(p.140) Chapter 13 “More Demon Than Man”
The Supervillain Reader

Tony Magistrale

University Press of Mississippi

This essay traces the history of Satan through both literary and Biblical sources to John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Milton presents evil as real and traceable to a single evil one. However, his depiction of Satan as the author of all evil was not completely successful as critics have pointed out that his Satan does have heroic qualities.

Keywords:   John Milton, Satan, Romantics, Paradise Lost, God

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