Hope. Listening to the scholars speak on hope today in class felt like a simulation of Milton’s thoughts while writing Paradise Lost and I would imagine his thoughts after the loss of his wives and children as well. Milton being a Christian I can only imagine he maintained a similar view of hope to that in Judaism; but, he still greatly respected the classics. He appeared to hope that his writing would mean something. He hoped that the Son’s sacrifice would indeed save him when he died. And, I’d imagine, he hoped that his hopefulness would be true and not something to fool himself out of the reality of his hardships. The picture of Milton’s family Bible renders a picture of pure hope. His family losses written next to his faith. This images shows him hoping they would be saved by the God he hoped existed.
December 5, 2019