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Mammon's MusicLiterature and Economics in the Age of Milton$
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Blair Hoxby

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300093780

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300093780.001.0001

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Idleness Had Been Worse

Idleness Had Been Worse

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(p.205) Chapter Seven Idleness Had Been Worse
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Mammon's Music
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Blair Hoxby

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300093780.003.0008

This chapter examines John Milton's Drama Samson Agonistes. It compares this drama with Samson in the Book of Judges and suggests that Samson's slavery seems to invite and resist interpretations informed by its Restoration context. It also discusses Milton's argument against the notion about the ability of free men to sell themselves and their progeny into slavery and that Samson Agonistes was troubled by the moral and political consequences of labor.

Keywords:   John Milton, Samson Agonistes, Book of Judges, slavery, free men, labor, moral consequences, political consequences

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