Despair is a monster who leads brave knights to kill themselves. Sir Terwin is one of its many victims. The Redcross Knight encounters Despair and is tempted by him, but ultimately is saved when Una stops him from stabbing himself. This frustrates Despair and causes the monster itself to attempt suicide, but despite causing other knights to die, Despair is doomed to always stay alive.
Despair Quotes in The Faerie Queene
The The Faerie Queene quotes below are all either spoken by Despair or refer to Despair. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:).
Despair Character Timeline in The Faerie Queene
The timeline below shows where the character Despair appears in The Faerie Queene. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book I: Canto IX