Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Situating God rhetorically

One comment with regard to both Prof. Rogers' and William Empson's discussions of God's council scene in Book III: They address the overt "semantic content" of God's dialog with the son without spending much time either on the rhetorical character of that dialog, or how the scene, situated after the quite similar council scene in hell (Book II), plays off its demonic counterpart by significant contrast.

A few things to consider: how does the dialog in Heaven proceed, as compared with that in Satan's council? Are there meaningful similiarities between them? Differences? How does the way God and the Son speak compare with the manner of Satan and his cronies?

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