"And Dreams Advise": The Dreams in Paradise Lost and Their Precursors

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dc.contributor.advisor Linda T. Holley, Committee Member en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Thomas D. Lisk, Committee Member en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Robert V. Young, Committee Chair en_US
dc.contributor.author Toms, Marcia Lynn en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-02T17:56:05Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-02T17:56:05Z
dc.date.issued 2003-06-20 en_US
dc.identifier.other etd-06182003-211438 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/491
dc.description.abstract While much has been written about Eve's dream in Book V of "Paradise Lost", the other dreams are often ignored or considered only as foils for Eve's first dream. Adam's two divine dreams and Eve's postlapsarian dream, however, each serves important literary functions within the epic. Adam's first dream brings him into Paradise; his second shows his uxoriousness; Eve's final dream restores her relationships with God and Adam. Together, all four dreams illustrate the nature of human life before and after the fall. Each of these dreams ultimately derives from classical and biblical uses of dreams, but Milton modifies the conventions of the literary tradition to fit his purpose. This study compares each of the four major dreams in "Paradise Lost" to dreams in works of Milton';s immediate predecessors. Works of Spenser, Sidney, and Donne provide examples of traditional uses of dreams in literature and help illuminate the ways Milton modifies that tradition. en_US
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dc.subject Vision en_US
dc.subject Dream en_US
dc.subject Paradise Lost en_US
dc.subject Adam en_US
dc.subject Milton en_US
dc.subject Eve en_US
dc.title "And Dreams Advise": The Dreams in Paradise Lost and Their Precursors en_US
dc.degree.name MA en_US
dc.degree.level thesis en_US
dc.degree.discipline English en_US

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