Date of Award

2-7-2007

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Dr. Robert Sattelmeyer - Chair

Second Advisor

Dr. Wayne Erickson

Abstract

Book Six of The Faerie Queene deals with the complexities of courtesy in a socially changing world. Calidore, the protagonist of Book Six, sets out to defeat the Blatant Beast, the chief enemy of courtesy, but abandons his quest midway through the book in order to live the shepherds’ life. Despite the ethical ambiguity associated with Calidore’s abandoning his quest, this pastoral setting should enable him to deepen his understanding of the nature and practice of courtesy. However, Calidore is unable to grow, and the poet essentially gives up on his own poetic quest.

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