Finding Fancy in Leviathan and Paradise Lost

  title={Finding Fancy in Leviathan and Paradise Lost},
  author={Maura Smyth},
Chapter illuminates the mid-seventeenth-century moment when Fancy is officially called out and establishes its hallmarks. Thomas Hobbes bases his new formulation of the monarchy and commonwealth on the first of his first principles, Fancy, which he characterizes as female and self-seeking. In Paradise Lost, John Milton roots these qualities of Fancy in the figure of Eve. Milton grants her “Organs of Fancy,” allowing Eve to conceive of her image as original and Adam’s as derivative, and thus… CONTINUE READING