While an overview of "Paradise Lost," its epic conventions, theology, and stylistic aspects will be examined in this handout, I will focus on a detailed analysis of Book 1: its themes, structure, epic conventions, Satan’s five speeches, and the heroic and villainous aspects of Satan’s character. A brief summary of the action in Books 2-12 is appended. This handout, which has blanks that your students can fill in, may be used as a two-period in-class activity or given to your students as homework. (I have found that my students enjoy working on the handout in small groups prior to class discussion and debate.) An answer key is provided on a separate page at the end of the handout. Prepared by Professor William Tarvin, Ph.D., who has published many articles on literature in scholarly journals.