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The Faerie Queene Essay

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The poem, "The Faerie Queene", is a story about a courageous knight who goes through great trials and fights monsters. This in itself is entertaining but, it also has many allegorical references to Christianity. Many times Spenser talks about things when in reality he's really talking something closer to home. For instance, this faerie land he talks about sounds like he is referring to England, the country where he's from. Also, the title Faerie Queene itself is seems to represent Queen Elizabeth, the Queen of England. Redcrosse, the hero of the poem, is a major part of this allegory. He is called the "Knight of Holinesse" which is a reference to being holy and worshiping God. He represents the lonely Christian on a journey to put an end to evil and to search for holiness. He has his faith in Christ and carries a shield with a bloody cross on it. He also goes around doing deeds like slaying dragons and monsters that represent evil. He defeating these beasts or "evil beings" represents Christianity and the fight to preserve holiness. For a Christian to be holy, they must have faith. Una, the woman which Redcrosse is traveling with represents truth and faith. The whole idea of this first part of the story is for evil trying to separate holiness from truth and faith. As Redcrosse and Una travel on their way, things are fine and both are kept in tact.

Redcrosse is first introduced to evil when fighting the dragon, Error. When fighting the dragon, Spenser writes, "Her vomit full of bookes and papers was (177)." These papers represent Roman Catholic propaganda that was put out in Spenser's time, against Queen Elizabeth. This shows the allegory Spencer was trying to put forth in writing this poem. After defeating the dragon, Redcrosse and Una travel looking for the right path, when it starts to get dark and...

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