En-Uk Sequoya Hwang on Paradise Lost, Book One
I am slowly plowing through John Milton's Paradise Lost with my two children.
Sa-Rah and I started first, about two or three years ago, and have reached Book Four, but En-Uk and I began only last year, so we're still in Book One.
En-Uk, who is halfway through the third grade (the Korean school year starts in March) has been suitably impressed to write a synopsis of what he's read so far in Book One:
By "the great one," En-Uk is referring to Book One's figure of Satan, who is initially depicted by Milton as really big and powerful. I gather that's why En-Uk imagines that Satan can pick up one million tons with a single finger. But even though Satan 'lives' in the fiery lake -- an impressive image for En-Uk, it seems -- he still cannot defeat "the greater one," namely, "God."Paradise Lost
The angels that are thrown to the fire of the lake.
They think they can get revenge for the great one. But the great one still can't beat the greater one even though he lives in the fire lake. He is so strong that he can pick up 1,000,000 tons with one finger.
That's a fairly decent, if yet incomplete synopsis for a third grader who despite being bilingual knows Korean a lot better than he knows English. Presumably, the synopsis will remain incomplete until En-Uk finishes Book One . . . sometime next year.
Incidentally, this wasn't a specific home-schooling assignment, but just something that En-Uk chose for himself to write on.