Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Kain, Richard M.
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
Hassold, Ernest C.
Milton, John, 1608-1674; Samson Agonistes (Milton, John)
The criticism of Milton's Samson Agonistes has generally centered about interpretation of its autobiographical content and the interpretation of its classical form. The aim of this thesis is to show the relation of the inner, psychological form to the Puritan tradition. The biblical story from which Samson was derived, Judges 13-16, offers little to the scholar in understanding the psychological impetus of Samson. It is mainly a treatment of a pagan narrative demonstrating the snares inherent in trusting a woman with secrets. Samson finally regains his strength and pulls down the temple at Gaza and the narrative ends.
Miller, Milton Gerald, "Milton's religious attitude in Samson Agonistes." (1948). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 2015.