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The Faerie Queene - the portrayal of Good vs. Evil

 The Faerie Queene

Edmund Spenser

The Faerie Queene - the portrayal of Good vs. Evil

How does Spencer portray the good and evil aspects in his epic, The Faerie Queene (Book – I)?


Describe the importance of fighting between the monster error and the Red Cross Knight.

Answer: The Faerie Queene is the famous epic of Edmund Spencer. In the epic, the epic poet, Edmund Spencer stingily presents elements of renaissance and reform. Through the use of these elements, Spencer presents a variety of metaphors. As a result of the epic poem, The Faerie Queene, Spencer presents religious, political, and spiritual metaphors.   

From history, we learn that the Roman Catholic Church became the main focus of the whole world. In the Middle Ages, the influence of the Church was too dangerous for priests to get involved in corruption. People were aware of it because of corruption and they wanted to renovate the church. At this point, Martin Luther King wanted to renovate the church.

From the history of the epic we learn that she is the daughter of a king whose country was destroyed by a dragon. His life is also in danger. So, his daughter Una comes to Queen Gloriana for help and to seek her father's kingdom. As a result, Queen Gloriana staffed the Red Cross Knight to protect the devastated Kingdom. After that, Una and the Red Cross Knight started the journey. They go through a wood. Suddenly there was a storm and heavy rain. In fact, the wood is so deep that they see nothing as poetry:

At one point, the storm blows and they start their journey again. At this point, they get lost. Finally, they went to a cave. But the night is not afraid. He says that man's holiness protects him from his danger. In fact it is the cave of monster error which is a terrifying creature. When night hides inside the cave, he notices a great creature. In fact the wonderful creature has to face a woman and part of it is like a snake. The horrible creature has a lot of young people near it. When the fringe light falls on the eyes of the little ones they enter the inner part of the monster flaw. As the poet describes:

After that, the monster error comes into the cave and it gets very angry. Knight then exerts all his strength and is able to free one of his hands. Knight suppresses the monster's thoughts and it starts vomiting. In fact its vomit consists of books and papers. It also has frogs and toads. They are blind and have no eyes. As the poet presents:  

In the end, the knight is able to cut off the monster's head and eventually kill it. Thus the confrontation between the Red Cross Night and the Demon error presents the effects of good and evil in the epic, The Faerie Queene.


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