better to reign in hell than serve in heaven
Given its frequent rebroadcast on Turner Network Television and the Turner Broadcasting System, The Devil’s Advocate represents perhaps the most widely viewed and widely available appropriation of the name “Milton” in contemporary American televisual and filmic culture. Drawing on the grand tradition of Rosemary’s Baby, the film, based on the novel by Andrew Neiderman, 1 charts Kevin Lomax’s (gamely played by Keanu Reeves) gradual recognition that he is the son of “John Milton” (flamboyantly played by Al Pacino (see figure 8.1), head of the New York law firm at which Lomax works, and also, it so happens, the physical embodiment of Satan. The film reaffirms, albeit in substantially revised form, Blake’s dictum about Milton and the devil’s party—here, Milton is of the devil’s party and knows it—but The Devil’s Advocate explicitly references Paradise Lost only once. Lomax quotes Paradise Lost in response to Milton/Satan’s diatribe about God, which concludes: “He’s a tight ass. He’s a sadist. He’s an absentee landlord. Worship that? Never.” Lomax then asks, “‘Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven,’ is that it?” 2 Milton/Satan immediately dismisses the implicit critique: “Why not? I’m here on the ground with my nose in it since the whole thing began.” Such a dismissal is not surprising for an unrepentant Satan, of course, but it does complicate the meaning of the allusion when the Satan-figure has been renamed “Milton.”
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
Oh Satan, you always did know how to throw together a phrase.
Shmoop will make you a better lover. of quotes
OF Mans First Disobedience, and the Fruit
Of that Forbidden Tree, whose mortal tast
Brought Death into the World, and all our woe,
With loss of Eden , till one greater Man
Restore us, and regain the blissful Seat, [ 5 ]
Sing Heav’nly Muse, that on the secret top
Of Oreb , or of Sinai , didst inspire
That Shepherd, who first taught the chosen Seed,
In the Beginning how the Heav’ns and Earth
Rose out of Chaos : Or if Sion Hill [ 10 ]
Delight thee more, and Siloa ‘s Brook that flow’d
Fast by the Oracle of God; I thence
Invoke thy aid to my adventrous Song,
That with no middle flight intends to soar
Above th’ Aonian Mount, while it pursues [ 15 ]
Things unattempted yet in Prose or Rhime .
And chiefly Thou O Spirit, that dost prefer
Before all Temples th’ upright heart and pure,
Instruct me, for Thou know’st ; Thou from the first
Wast present, and with mighty wings outspread [ 20 ]
Dove-like satst brooding on the vast Abyss
And mad’st it pregnant: What in me is dark
Illumin , what is low raise and support;
That to the highth of this great Argument
I may assert Eternal Providence, [ 25 ]
And justifie the wayes of God to men.
He spake: and to confirm his words, out-flew
Millions of flaming swords, drawn from the thighs
Of mighty Cherubim; the sudden blaze [ 665 ]
Far round illumin’d hell: highly they rag’d
Against the Highest, and fierce with grasped arms
Clash’d on thir sounding Shields the din of war,
Hurling defiance toward the vault of Heav’n .
The public library will loan you these books for free. If you’d rather buy them, the Amazon referral links on this page send a few pennies to support this site, at no extra cost to you ( read more here ).
Nursing homes are usually called ‘Paradise Lodge’ or ‘Eden Care’ or whatever, barely bothering to conceal that you’ve been dropped off in God’s waiting room. I’m sure some of these facilities really are heaven-like: the nurses take care of everything and give you sponge baths and listen patiently to your stories about catching the ferry to Shelbyville with an onion tied to your belt (which was the style at the time).
But because of various reasons they may not get a job and they become dejected and disillusioned in life. If they start realizing that there are many other Opportunities in life, like jobs in private sector, starting a small business or opening a small shop they will not feel dejected. So when ever we are in a difficult situation we should start looking at the reason for the situation and then gradually find a solution.
Better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven.