The epic poem “Paradise Lost” by John milton exposes the inside story about Satan’s banishment to hell. Although Satan is known universally to be the antagonist, the story seems to present Satan in a different light: Satan as the protagonist. The idea that Satan is the good guy goes against all that we have been taught and experienced through out the existence of mankind. Satan can be considered the hero of the story as he is forced to overcome struggles, including Beelzebub’s constant contradiction and submissive behavior to God, his own doubts and weaknesses and his eventual accomplishment of corrupting humankind.
Milton depicts satan as a strong, imposing figure with great abilities as a leader and public statesmen, able to manipulate his audience. After Beelzebub had commented on Satan’s failure to over power “Heaven’s perpetual King,” Satan responds in a condescending manner to his right had man calling him a “fallen cherub” and then in a over powering language states, “to be weak is to be miserable”. During this scene, Satan makes it his primary goal to stop God from “out of our evil seek to bring forth good” and that all his “labor must be to pervert that end” as if in an effort to save his own pride.
Satan’s Character is extremely seductive, and his power, way with word and his over all confidence makes him appealing. It is because of his appeal that he wasn't the only one to go against Gods wrath. Satan’s seductiveness is also what drives man to his down fall, just as adam and eve ate the apple from the forbidden tree, everyday humans stride away from God and fall into temptation. Thus, completing Satan’s will to corrupt mankind.