Paradise Lost Characters

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Abdiel

Abdiel is a seraph who, though originally one of Lucifer's legions in Heaven, remains faithful to God. He attempts to persuade Satan and his rebel angels to abandon their revolt and, failing, abandons them. He symbolizes true fidelity.

The Arch-Enemy

See Satan

Belial

Belial is the fallen angel who speaks second at the council of devils in Book II. In keeping with his faint-hearted counsel of "ignoble ease and peaceful sloth" (11.226), he is the last to rise from the burning lake. Because Belial is not the name of a pagan god, but an abstract noun meaning "wickedness," he represents vice in general and is associated with atheism. In Book II, he is described as outwardly dignified, but false and hollow, speaking persuasive words which disguise his inner weakness and vice. He argues that it is useless to pursue a war they cannot win, and admonishes that Hell is...

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