11-04-2007 09:41 PM - edited 11-04-2007 09:45 PM
In the beginnning of the novel, he identifies with Satan as a Southerner, a grand and noble but doomed figure. It's a romantic notion that feeds his wanderlust and his fanciful dreams for adventure.
But as the novel progresses, when he reads sections to Rosetta out loud, he begins to understand that he, too, like Satan, has free will. He does have to make moral choices. He can make the right moral decision, not return Rosetta to Eberly, and possibly redeem himself; or he can choose to make the wrong one, be egotistical like Satan, return her to slavery, and thereby doom himself.
During the ferry ride across Lake Champlain towards Vermont, he meets Willoby, the modern-day Tiresias, the blind soothsayer with second sight, who tells him, "Choose wisely."
Reading a moral poet like Milton definitely opened up the possibilities of making moral choices that Cain otherwise wouldn't even be aware of.
Message Edited by IBIS on 11-04-2007 09:45 PM
"I am a part of everything that I have read."
11-05-2007 01:05 PM
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