Below you will find five outstanding thesis statements / paper topics on “Paradise Lost” by John Milton that can be used as essay starters.
All five incorporate at least one of the themes found in “Paradise Lost” and are broad enough so that it will be easy to find textual support, yet narrow enough to provide a focused clear thesis statement.
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254-256)“Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven." (Book I, l.
263)“Towards him they bend/With awful reverence prone; and…/Extol him equal to the highest in heaven." (Book II, ll.
886-891).“Nor can I think that God, creator wise,/Though threatening, will in earnest so destroy/Us his prime creatures, dignified so high,/Set overall all his works, which in our fall,/For us created, needs with us must fail,/Dependent made; so God shall uncreate,/Be frustrate, do, undo, and labor lose…." (Book IX, ll.
938-944)“Henceforth I learn, that to obey is best,/ And love with fear the only God, to walk/As in presence, ever to observe/ His providence, and on him sole depend, /Merciful over all his works, with good/Still overcoming evil…." (Book XII, ll.