Allegory in "The Faerie Queene" Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Allegory in "The Faerie Queene"
An analysis of the presence of allegory in the "Faerie Queene" by Edmund Spencer.
# 39612 | 900 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 11, 2003 in Literature (Poetry) , Religion and Theology (Christianity)

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This paper discusses allegorical points of view in the "Faerie Queene" by Edmund Spencer and shows how Spenser created an allegory of the Knight of the Red Cross being good, and the dragon representing the evil in the moral truth he reveals. The paper demonstrates how although the story takes on an archetypal view of the mythical fight between knights and dragons, this moral allegory is filled with Christian views on the morals of good and evil.

From the Paper:

"In the first book of the Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser, we can see the main character of the Knight of the Red Cross or otherwise called: Red Crosse Knight. He is the archetype for the good Christian knight that must fight against evil, hence the moral truth in Christianity of light over darkness. The story is based around the evil dragons that this knight must vanquish. The central basis for the opposing character of the Knight of the Red Cross is significant because the dragon nearly always accompanies the evil characters in the tale. In essence, the Knight of the Red Cross is good, and the dragon is always represented as evil in Spenser's works.
"The most significant of these evil characters is the Dragon that appears in Canto XI, Book I. Because he contrasts so much with the Red Crosse Knight, the battle that occurs between the two is almost inevitable. In this episode, the Dragon presents several characteristics that suggest his association with the symbol of Christ, which is represented by the Red Crosse Knight. For example, the Dragon's location and resemblance to a hill and his wings attempt to connect him to holiness and goodness. This is one example of moral truth. In this episode the symbolic dragon is against the idea of moral truth as an enemy of 'light'. In this episode the dragon cannot escape his dominant evil tendencies because of the active role he plays in the fall of man as well as because of his ties with Satan. Satan is immoral, and this chain of hidden symbolic meaning explains Red Crosse as a bastion of moral light."

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