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Analyzes Milton's use of language in PARADISE LOST. Focuses on how Milton used the word "event" to mean "outcome," in contrast to its common use then or now.
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In Paradise Lost, Milton uses the word "event" with a meaning that is quite different from the way the word conveys meaning today and in a way that was even different from the general usage of the word in his own time. The meaning Milton ascribes to the word parallels the French meaning of the word and also harks back to the roots that make up the word. In addition, Milton includes in portmanteau-like way a reference to Eve which fits well with the underlying sense he is communicating through the word. For the most part, Milton is consistent in using "event" to mean "outcome," not in the sense of an activity or occurrence but in the sense of a consequence or result.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary (1989), "event" derives from the Latin eventus, or occurrence, which is very

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