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Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution$
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George Anastaplo

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125336

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125336.001.0001

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. John Milton and the Limits of the Garden of Eden

. John Milton and the Limits of the Garden of Eden

(p.31) 5. John Milton and the Limits of the Garden of Eden
Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution

George Anastaplo

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter explores the subject of death and the limits of the Garden of Eden in John Milton's Paradise Lost. It interprets that the “loss of Eden,” dramatized in Paradise Lost, is in effect an imposition of capital punishment on disobedient mankind. It notes that Eden itself seems to be given an earthly location, and within it there is a paradisiacal Garden.

Keywords:   death, Garden of Eden, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Eden, capital punishment, disobedient mankind, paradisiacal Garden

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