response2 - Amy Sexton 10/16/06 English 215 Response #2...

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Amy Sexton 10/16/06 English 215 Response #2 Group C Sec 308- Christopher Manslanka Close Reading of Stanzas 27-28 In stanzas 27-28 of The Faerie Queene, by Edmund Spenser, the character Avarice is introduced. Immediately the reader is drawn to the name, Avarice. The OED describes the word ‘avarice’ as “greediness of gain, or inordinate desire of acquiring and hoarding wealth.” One of the main seven deadly sins, greed, is utmostly exposed by this particular passage. Avarice is described with biblical references to Matthew 19:24 and his proclamation, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Spenser refers to this camel in the literal sense, and the biblical, describing it as Avarice’s transportation around the House of Pride. Interestingly enough, Spenser describes the camel holding two iron ‘coffers’, which, according to the OED, are “boxes or chests that held valuables.” Spenser goes on to describe the wealth and gold in these two ‘coffers’. He depicts Avarice as a greedy,
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