Sunday, August 30, 2009

Ten of the best devils in literature

At the Guardian, John Mullan named ten of the best devils in literature.

One devil on the list:
Milton's Satan

The Devil to inspire all others. Milton's moody, broody soliloquist has seduced many a would-be rebel who has been stirred by his eloquent twaddle about it being "better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven". His fans talk less about what appears of his character when he sees human love, a leering voyeur "turned aside for envy".
Satan from Paradise Lost is also among the 50 greatest villains in literature according to the (London) Telegraph.

Read about another devil to make Mullan's list.

--Marshal Zeringue