SFU English 380: Mutilation and Foreign Relations in the Japanese Novel

A class blog for students of English 380 - "Literature in Translation" - at Simon Fraser University in Autumn 2005.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Milton's Satan & Mizoguchi's Hell

These lines from Book I of Milton's Paradise Lost express Satan's idea that Hell is a state of mind:
The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.
What matter where, if I be still the same ....
This is what Mishima surely has in mind with Kashiwagi's remark that "Beautiful scenery is Hell, ins't it?" and elsewhere.


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