Book 2 opens with Satan sitting on his position of royalty; he tends to his armies, saying that regardless he wants to recapture Heaven. He says that now they should banter about the best method to battle God; he asks whether hard and fast war or something increasingly inconspicuous is better.
Moloch talks first; he's agreeable to open war with God. They should simply hitter God's honoured position with all they have in light of the fact that things can't be deteriorated. Belial – an extremely cunning speaker – is up straight away. He's not for open war since Heaven is too well-strengthened and will effortlessly remove the remote trespassers. What's more, being a holy messenger, even in Hell, is superior to death; things could be more awful. They could be scorched alive by the flames of Hell, anchored to the consuming lake, and so on. In reality, Belial is against any type of war since God will make sense of their arrangements and thrashing them. Who knows? Perhaps God will loosen up his discipline in the event that they simply endure it for some time. Mammon is up straight away; he says it is difficult to crush God and, regardless of whether He excuses everyone, they'll must be slaves and pay tribute to Him. Not justified, despite any potential benefits.
They should simply do what they need in Hell, since they're free there. With a little diligent work, they can make the best of their circumstance. There is praise after this discourse; the fallen blessed messengers fear another war, and would prefer to manufacture a realm in Hell to match Heaven's.
Satan ascends; he says it's a joke to figure they can have their very own domain in Hell. God will in the long run apply his domain over it as well. There will be no harmony, however they don't really need to strike Heaven. Talk has it that God is building another world. They should look at it. Possibly they can decimate humankind, or "Allure them to our [the devil's] party" (2.368).
The fallen holy messengers vote for Beelzebub's arrangement… as far as anyone knows. It sounds fixed.
He continues his discourse and asks who is striking enough to attempt and locate this new world?
No one volunteers, and every one of the blessed messengers are apprehensive; this is an intense, significant, and risky assignment. Satan stands up and addresses the gathering. He says Hell is an extremely solid jail and it's difficult to get out; on the off chance that one gets out, at that point one needs to manage a dull spot that has no being ("unessential Night"). It resembles venturing off the planet into something obscure. He says he wouldn't be a decent sovereign, however, on the off chance that he feared accomplishing something. He's the pioneer and should overcome more perils. He'll search for the new world. He advises the blessed messengers to make Hell cozier while he's away.
The fallen blessed messengers significantly regard their pioneer; they treat him like a "Divine being… equivalent to the most astounding in Heav'n" (2.479). He's taking a chance with his very own life for the good of they all things considered. They shouldn't get excessively energized; this prospect is somewhat similar to a glimmer of daylight when it's plainly going to rain. The most elevated positioning blessed messengers rise up out of Pandemonium with Satan, who is encompassed by a gathering of vigorously equipped warriors. Trumpets made of phony gold declare the consequence of the chamber; Hell resonates with cheering. The pioneers each go their own specific manner, to unwind or relax – to discover "ceasefire for [their] fretful considerations'' – while they trust that Satan will return. A few holy messengers tear up rocks and make a gigantic furor; some of them go off and sing tunes. Still others go off in the slopes to mull over philosophical subjects. Some even have races!
One gathering amasses into companies and goes looking for a "simpler residence" – i.e., a more pleasant spot to live. Each gathering goes along the banks of one of the four waterways of Hell (Styx, Acheron, Cocytus, Phlegeton). Past these is the stream of absent mindedness, Lethe. Furthermore, past that, the companies find that Hell is a solidified no man's land. Huh? It's hard to believe, but it's true, it's snowing and there's hail. Essentially it resembles Antarctica. It's so cold, however, it nearly consumes. "Cold plays out the impact of Fire," Milton says. Obviously the fallen blessed messengers will be compelled to invest energy in this piece of Hell all the time, solidified in ice; the change from flame to ice is merciless. In the interim, Satan advances towards the entryways of Hell, which are exceptionally solid, and encompassed by flame. There are three of them (one metal, one iron, one "firm shake"). There are two figures on either side of the entryway. The first is a female from the head to the abdomen, however underneath the midsection, she's a serpentine. Around her midsection are little damnation dogs that always bark yet once in a while retreat into her belly. Sickening!
The other is dim and dark; he seems indistinct, and is entirely awful (sorry, that is all Milton gives us). He wears a phony crown on his head, and is presented at line 666. Well… . Satan isn't apprehensive; he tends to them, saying he's experiencing that entryway regardless. The male inquires whether he's the renegade holy messenger that began a colossal war in Heaven. He (the undefined figure) is in control here, not Satan. Satan and this figure gaze each other down (like two thunder mists), as though they were going to duel. Every arrangement to slaughter the other with one stroke, however the female hops between them. She asks Satan for what valid reason he's going to murder his… .child! Also, she asks the other for what good reason he's about executed his… father!
Satan gets some information about, and she lets him know: amid the arranging of the revolt in Heaven, she (still anonymous) sprung forward from the left half of his head! The agitator holy messengers named her Sin. Satan had a mystery sexual association with his little girl Sin and impregnated her; she fell with the holy messengers from Heaven, was given the way to Hell, and brought forth Death (the ill-defined person). Demise in the end assaulted ("grasps persuasive and foul") Sin (his mom), who brought forth those damnation dogs around her midriff. They cry and chew out her internal parts. Satan reveals to Sin that he's endeavouring to free his holy messengers and that he's going looking for God's recently made world. He'll give Sin and Death a chance to meander aimlessly there in the event that he discovers it.
Sin says that God has illegal her to open the entryways. For what reason would it be advisable for her to tune in to God, however, since He's ousted her? Plus, he's not her genuine father, Satan is. Sin opens the doors; a loud stable is heard, and flares and smoke burst out. Past is "a dim/Illimitable Ocean without bound, /Without measurement" (2.891-893).
Satan watches this spot – it's called Chaos, and it is hot, chilly, damp, and dry at the same time. It's actually uproarious, more intense than the hints of war or the sound of the earth imploding.
Satan takes off; his adventure takes him over various abnormal, half-breed substances; he needs to walk-fly, creep, swim, fundamentally move in all over. This is Chaos, all things considered.
He hears a few sounds and moves towards them, in the end going to Chaos' position of royalty. He lets him know (Chaos) that he's endeavouring to discover the fringes of Heaven and requests headings. Disarray says he knows his identity; he heard the blessed messengers fall and saw the grand heavenly attendants seek after them. He coordinates Satan towards earth, and Satan takes off like a pyramid of flame. Satan approaches Heaven, and he can see its light sparkling into the dim chasm. He additionally sees the universe (Milton considers it the "world"), dangling from Heaven by a brilliant chain. He moves towards it "full laden with naughty vengeance."