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Between Two Pillars: The Hero's Plight in Samson Agonistes and Paradise Regained, Mayer, Joseph G.
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Author Name:    Mayer, Joseph G.

Title:   Between Two Pillars: The Hero's Plight in Samson Agonistes and Paradise Regained

Binding:   PAPERBACK

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    UPA 

ISBN Number:   0761829725 / 9780761829720

Seller ID:   ING9780761829720

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Between Two Pillars breaks free of the regenerist-revisionist controversy over Samson Agonistes by discerning a dialectical opposition between Samson's irrevocable election by God and his subjection instanced by his slavery to a fallen, un-Godly order. Complementing God's act of election is Samson's genius for inventing exploits that prove him God's mighty minister. In every episode, it is evident that his heroic drive and inventive powers persist, even though his helplessness absolutely forecloses a career of heroic action.The contradiction of his situation is both epitomized and transcended by his destruction of the temple. Performed in an act of servile idolatry, and horribly violent, it confirms his subjection to sin; yet, by destroying the theater of his servility, it asserts his identity of God champion. This reading is introduced by chapters on Samson's magnanimous pride, his violence, and the characteristic style of his exploits. It is then elaborated by close readings of each episode. A chapter on three late sonnets confirms the dialectical cast of Milton's imagination. Author Joseph Mayer provides a concluding section on Paradise Regained, which corroborates his reading of Samson Agonistes by showing parallels between the two works.



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