Wednesday, September 17, 2008

En-Uk Sequoya Hwang on Paradise Lost, Book One

Gustave Doré, Satan and Beelzebub
Arising from the Fiery Lake

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:
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.
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."

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.

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At 5:15 AM, Blogger Al-Ozarka said...

Dad-gum, Jeffery! You're gonna have to bring everyone back to Arkansas before they all get too danged educated for me to converse with them intelligently!

At 6:04 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Actually, Daddio, I need to get the kids back to Arkansas so that they can learn Ozark dialect and eventually translate Milton's epic poem into a language that we can all understand.

Well, all of us Ozarkers, anyway.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 7:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm still into Calvin & Hobbes, and The Far Side myself....which says a lot for my intellect.
You go, En Uk and Sa Rah!.


At 7:17 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

En-Uk loves Calvin and Hobbes, so perhaps he'll draw a comic strip someday -- Paradise Lost, as re-told by 'Calvin'.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 2:12 AM, Blogger Al-Ozarka said...

"...eventually translate Milton's epic poem into a language that we can all understand."

Sort of a..."Oh, Brother, Where Thou" form of "Paradise Lost"?

At 2:36 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I reckon ye ken it, Daddio.

Jeffery Hodges

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