The Faerie Queene

The Faerie Queene

by

Edmund Spenser

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Mutabilitie (Change) Character Analysis

Mutabilitie (also called Change) is the protagonist of the two cantos that survive from Spenser’s seventh book in The Faerie Queene (he planned twelve books but only fully completed six). She is descended from titans and tries to argue that she is more powerful than Jupiter and so should rule heaven, but she is unsuccessful.
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Mutabilitie (Change) Character Timeline in The Faerie Queene

The timeline below shows where the character Mutabilitie (Change) appears in The Faerie Queene. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Two Cantos of Mutabilitie: Canto VI
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The first Canto of Mutabilitie, numbered Canto VI, is about Mutabilitie (also called Change), who is a daughter of the... (full context)
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Mutabilitie tries to win favor with various gods but fails. She angers Jupiter so much that... (full context)
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Mutabilitie appeals to take her case to Nature on Arlo-Hill. Arlo-Hill used to be an idyllic... (full context)
Two Cantos of Mutabilitie: Canto VII
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Mutabilitie makes her argument to Nature on Arlo-Hill while other gods are also there to witness.... (full context)
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...is time that rules the earth and that it’s the gods who rule time. But Mutabilitie replies that even the gods change and aren’t immune to time, since even Jupiter was... (full context)
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Nature considers the arguments of Mutabilitie and Jupiter in silence for a while. At last, Nature gives a verdict: she agrees... (full context)