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2006
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This thesis examines the duality of meaning conveyed by John Milton's use of language in the epic poem, Paradise Lost, specifically repetition, pairing, alliteration and puns. Following a long tradition of close readings, especially critics RA. Shoaf and Christopher Ricks, I argue that Milton conceives the Fall of Adam and Eve as a falling into polysemy, or multiplicity of signification. Very few critics have undertaken a close reading of words that signal coupling in the poem, and their relationship to pairs and oppositions relevant to Genesis. Shoaf identifies pairs and oppositions in the poem as duals and duels, and connects them to binaries in the theology. However, he overlooks a great deal of evidence which supports his theory of the dual and the duel, and also disregards many significant examples of duality in Milton's wordplay that other critics identify, including alliterative pairs and words that convey ancient etymologies.
Title: Paradise impaired: duality in Paradise lost.
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Name(s): Bernhard, Katherine Joy.
Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Thesis
Issuance: multipart monograph
Date Issued: 2006
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Physical Form: electronic
electronic resource
Extent: v, 53 leaves.
Language(s): English
Summary: This thesis examines the duality of meaning conveyed by John Milton's use of language in the epic poem, Paradise Lost, specifically repetition, pairing, alliteration and puns. Following a long tradition of close readings, especially critics RA. Shoaf and Christopher Ricks, I argue that Milton conceives the Fall of Adam and Eve as a falling into polysemy, or multiplicity of signification. Very few critics have undertaken a close reading of words that signal coupling in the poem, and their relationship to pairs and oppositions relevant to Genesis. Shoaf identifies pairs and oppositions in the poem as duals and duels, and connects them to binaries in the theology. However, he overlooks a great deal of evidence which supports his theory of the dual and the duel, and also disregards many significant examples of duality in Milton's wordplay that other critics identify, including alliterative pairs and words that convey ancient etymologies.
Identifier: 314773772 (oclc), 11595 (digitool), FADT11595 (IID), fau:1327 (fedora)
Note(s): by Katherine Joy Bernhard.
Typescript (Photocopy).
Thesis (B.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, Honors College, 2006.
Bibliography: leaves 52-53.
Electronic reproduction. Boca Raton, Fla., 2006 Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject(s): Milton, John, 1608-1674
Milton, John, 1608-1674
Milton, John, 1608-1674 -- Language
Narration (Rhetoric)
Discourse analysis, Narrative
Semiotics
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