"Satan, I fear, has been busy with you"

1886 illustration for Paradise Lost shows Satan and the angels who supported his rebellion against God being cast out of Heaven
Public Domain1886 illustration for Paradise Lost shows Satan and the angels who supported his rebellion against God being cast out of Heaven - Credit: Gustave Doré
Satan is traditionally depicted as God’s adversary and the embodiment of evil. Originally an angel, he was cast out of heaven after attempting to usurp God’s power. For this act of hubris, he was condemned to rule in misery over the kingdom of hell, along with the demons who had supported him. He is portrayed as furiously jealous of God’s finest creation, humankind, and this all-consuming envy drives him to corrupt and draw people into sin so that he might consign their souls to damnation.