The Faerie Queene By Edmund Spenser Essay

1558 Words Dec 1st, 2016 7 Pages
In The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser, Spenser critiques heroism and the importance that Arthurian romances place on the hero being recognized for his or her heroism. Spenser contrasts his views with those that are shown in most Arthurian verse romances, specifically Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Wife of Bath’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer. With his use of Spenser wants his reader to see that one must move away from his or her need for heroism and further toward God and his reason. While Arthurian verse romances often take their heroes on quests that fulfill their need to gain recognition from their peers, Spenser took his charcter, Redcrosse Knight, on a quest that made him realize the importance of being closer to God, following religion, and using the voice of God as reason.
In his Arthurian Romance The Faerie Queene, Edmund Spenser deviates from the standard representation of an epic hero. While Redcrosse Knight can represent a normal Arthurian knight, Spenser makes it known that he believes the some of the trials that heroes face can be avoided with care and through heeding God’s command. Through his trials, Redcrosse Knight is taught that he should choose fact over misrepresentation which will allow him to avoid some of the trials that he may face. Spenser removes himself from the common belief that all people aspire to attach themselves to a heroic task, for he believes that all people should desire to find pure, protestant holiness instead of heroic praise.…

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