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The Faerie Queene - Book 2, Canto 8 Summary & Analysis

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Book 2, Canto 8 Summary

While he is lying there unconscious, Guyon is guarded by an angel and discovered by the Palmer. Pyrochles and Cymochles, now traveling with Archimago, approach, and seeing their enemy helpless, prepare to strip him of his armor (despite the Palmer's pleas). Right on cue, Arthur arrives on the scene just in time to challenge the two brothers. They fight, but Cymochles is killed, and Pyrochles is subdued. Arthur offers Pyrochles the chance to redeem himself, but the fiery knight refuses, and Arthur kill him too. Guyon revives just after this, in time to meet Arthur and forge a great friendship. The two set off (with the Palmer) into the sunset.

Book 2, Canto 8 Analysis

Guyon has reached rock bottom at this point, and it utterly dependent on others to survive. Through the fortuitous arrival of Arthur, the Christ figure, Guyon's life is saved (along with his...

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