In upcoming posts, I expect I'll explore these topics further. For now, here are a few obvious parallels:
- The early careers of both Lucifer and Cromwell are marked by positive notoriety.
- Both figures proclaimed their intentions to be exclusively in the interest of liberty.
- While Cromwell's rhetoric may have began in earnest and Lucifer most certainly did not, both persons became more despotic than the monarchs they railed against once they gained power.
I should note that I don't think Milton intends this to be a simple Cromwell = Lucifer construct, but that he pulls extensively from Cromwell's character and career in creating Lucifer. In general, I think Lucifer (in PL) represents in aggregate those who, in one way or another, perverted the virtues that Milton espoused in his political writing.