Matthew Fox [Jack] & Evangeline Lilly [Kate]
Oh, how I’ve enjoyed every last minute watching LOST since the very beginning on September 22, 2004. They’ve captivated my heart, and mind, during the many twists until the final season where they’ve finally explained everything. Love triangles, drama, action, adventure, hot men, science fiction, fantasy–what more could a television show have?
I just finished up my last semester of school where I took a literature class on Milton’s Paradise Lost. This is a 12,000 line blank verse poem in which Milton crafted and expanded on the first three chapters of Genesis. Milton tells us that he is tackling the story told in Genesis of the Fall of Adam and Eve as well as the loss of the Garden of Eden.
After having learned about Paradise Lost while simultaneously watching the conclusion of LOST, I have now decided that a lot of the plot is related to Paradise Lost. The island is lost Garden of Eden.
First Supportive Reason: No one can find the island.
Milton explains that after Adam and Eve have been exiled from Paradise, the island simply disappeared from existence. No human is able to return to the island because of the original sin. Yet, according to Jack’s father (spoiler alert), all the characters created this place for themselves to find each other and also, as John Locke always says, because it is their destiny.
Second Supportive Reason: The Golden Light
The writing for Lost is so ambiguous that any person can interpret the meaning of it in any way. I choose to use the religious reasoning. Jacob and the man in black were born on the island and taken into custody by the woman who guards the golden light. She said that every man has some of this light inside of them, but if they knew where to find more they would be greedy to find more. Their ‘mother’ is an angel who is guarding the light, or the tree of knowledge, in Eden. (We do refer to ideas as light bulbs and smart children as being bright.) This light, or knowledge, is the heart of the island. Once the angel dies a potential candidate is chosen to be the next guardian of the light. If the light goes out, then the island will be destroyed along with all the good in the world.
Third Supportive Reason: Good VS. Evil
The entire show has illusions to good versus bad in the quality of the character, both groups of Others, the Black Smoke and Jacob. John Locke introduces us to the Senet pieces, black and white, light and dark, or good and evil. Milton refers to Earth as being the only place where good and evil coexist, so what better place than it being in the garden of Eden? The entire poem of Paradise Lost is about the fight God versus Satan, or the Man in Black versus Jacob; they are the religious incarnate.
Fourth Supportive Reason: Egyptian Hieroglyphs
Senet is a game that is from the Egyptian period which is close to the modern game of backgammon. This lets the viewer knows that this island has been around for a very long time. Egyptian Hieroglyphs are one of the oldest languages known to man. Hieroglyphs appear on the ‘plug’ used in the series finale of Lost. They also appear in the hatch when Desmond continually plugs the numbers ‘4 8 15 16 23 42’ in the computer. When he decides not to, the countdown time switches into hieroglyphs. The Garden of Eden is the time of the beginning of man, so we know the island is old, but adding the Hieroglyphs shows the audience that the island has been found by early civilizations and gives the feeling of it being legitimately real.
I also wanted to point out other die-hard fans of Lost will miss the significance of these numbers in the years to come.