Dictionary Exercise

Word: Cherub
Part of Speech: Noun

1plural : an order of angels

2plural usually cherubs a: a beautiful usually winged child in painting and sculpture b: an innocent-looking usually chubby and rosy person

While deciding on which word to use in book one the word cherub stuck out for me because I realized it’s used quite a bit. I counted it to be at least four times or more. When I looked the word up I was surprised to find it meant an order of angels. Due to the collection of demon’s recent fall It seems still appropriate to refer to them as “angels”. However the second meaning intrigued me because these angels were by no means innocent. I believe Milton uses this word to remind the reader of the change in status Satan and his followers had just gone through.

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About Alex Mueller

Alex Mueller can be found running and cycling the streets and suburbs of Boston, taking long sojourns in rare book archives whenever he can. He teaches English at UMass Boston, serves as Book Review Editor for Arthuriana, and writes about digital pedagogy, open access publishing, and medieval literature.

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