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SATAN AS THE MACHIAVELLIAN HERO IN PARADISE LOST
This study investigates common points between Milton's and Machiavelli's attempts to understand interpret the limits absolute power whether it belongs to God or the Prince. Milton characterizes satan as an epic hero with virtù, which is a characteristic lauded by Machiavelli as well. Despite this, when satan is in action, he loses these positive traits and turns to a Prince-like character who can justify the employment of vicious means to reach his aim. In the light of Machiavelli's andfatcat:4vbnzh3n7fg3jekogiz6yflixm