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The Faerie Queene Essay

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John Vanderslice describes Amoret's rescue from Busirane by Britomart in The Faerie Queene as one woman rescuing another from evil, but more importantly, aiding her in matters of the heart.

The entrapment of the newly betrothed Amoret in the house of the magician Busirane in The Faerie Queene, book 4—and her extreme reaction to that place—has for decades sent readers scrambling for a satisfactory explanation. Why is she there? Whom should we hold responsible? Busirane has been seen as a presentation of the male sexual imagination "trying busily (because unsuccessfully) to dominate and possess woman's will". Scudamour, Amoret's aggressive new husband—who, while a complete stranger, abducted her against her will from her home in the Seat of Womanhood—is cited as the one responsible for engendering such terror in the young maiden toward this masculine force. It is he who reveals "the tension between husbandly love...

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