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The Faerie Queen In The Faerie Queene, Spenser creates an allegory: The characters of his far-off, fanciful "Faerie Land" are meant to have a symbolic meaning in the real world. In Books I and III, the poet follows the journeys of two knights, Redcrosse and Britomart, and in doing so he examines the two virtues he considers most important to Christian life--Holiness and Chastity. Redcrosse, the knight of Holiness, is much like the Apostle Peter: In his eagerness to serve his Lord, he gets himself into unforeseen trouble that he is not yet virtuous enough to handle. His quest is to be united with Una, who signifies Truth--Holiness cannot be attained without knowledge of Christian truth. In his immature state, he mistakes falsehood for truth by following the deceitful witch Duessa. He pays for this mistake with suffering, but in the end, this suffering makes way for his recovery in the House of Holiness, aided by Faith, Hope, and Charity. With newfound strength and the grace of God, he is able to conquer the dragon that represents all the evil in the world. In a different manner, Britomart also progresses in her virtue of chastity. She already has the strength to resist lust, but she is not ready to accept love, the love she feels when she sees a vision of her future husband in a magic mirror. She learns to incorporate chaste resistance with active love, which is what Spenser sees as true Christian love: moderation. Whereas Redcrosse made his own mistakes (to show to us the consequences of an unholy life), it is not Britomart but the other characters in Book III who show the destructive power of an unchaste life. Spenser says in his Preface to the poem that his goal is to show how a virtuous man should...
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Our family is our most underrated asset? It all depends on what type of family you are in, yes for some and no for others, and then there are the people who don't even have families. Every family is individual and there really is no such thing as a normal family so how could it be possible to categorise so freely? But the fact remains that yes our family is an underrated asset and no it isn't. Families can be severely underrated, in the case of a happy family is it simply the child' expectation that when they get home their mother will be there making them dinner, or the mothers expectation that the child will be coming home for dinner? In these cases the family is an asset, and one that is seen as a part of every day life. Most members of this sort of family never would have considered what life would be like without their family. They have no need to, after all what is the chance of it breaking up? And what about the families that do break up, people don't really understand how important a family is until it's gone. The shock of having to live away from a family when you are so used to living with one can come as a severe shock. It's only then that you realise how much you took your family for granted. If you had known how important your family was then maybe you would have put in a bit more effort to maintain it. But when families do 'break apart' it is by far the children who are effected the worse, especially if they are young because they will never really know what it's like to have a 'full family'. Therefore it's hard to tell if when they...
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added: 12/20/2011