Religious imagery, length, and theme of free will connect Supernatural to John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Milton’s work explores the definition of free will within the framework of predestination and depicts familial relationships between Satan, The Son, and God to establish a tradition in which divinity is humanized. Milton attempts to justify God through these themes, specifically portraying divinity positively to foster absolute faith in his readers. In comparison, Supernatural’s disregard for God’s grace and focus on humanity’s importance over divinity appears secular. However, to be “secular” in a modern context is to be removed from religion. Supernatural and its connection to a religious epic like Paradise Lost subverts this concept of secularity.
Trudeau, Cassidy, "Freedom to Fall: Milton’s Christ, Supernatural’s Castiel, and the Secularity of Choice" (2019). Undergraduate Research Awards, Hollins University. 52.
Undergraduate Research Awards - 2019 Finalist, Junior-Senior category.