The Faerie Queene

The Faerie Queene

by

Edmund Spenser

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The Blatant Beast Character Analysis

The Blatant Beast shows up briefly at the end of Book V, then becomes the main villain of Book VI, with Calidore chasing after it. The beast is doglike and known for having lots of teeth and all kinds of tongues—some human and some animal. The beast’s fearsome mouth reflects how it is an embodiment of slander and gossip, since its poison bite can destroy otherwise reputable knights and ladies. Though Calidore defeats and muzzles the Blatant Beast for a while, it eventually escapes through unknown means, suggesting how powerful and enduring slander can be.

The Blatant Beast Quotes in The Faerie Queene

The The Faerie Queene quotes below are all either spoken by The Blatant Beast or refer to The Blatant Beast. 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:
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Book VI: Canto VI Quotes

No wound, which warlike hand of enemy
Inflicts with dint of sword, so sore doth light,
As doth the poysnous sting, which infamy
Infixeth in the name of noble wight:
For by no art, nor any leaches might
It ever can recured be againe;

Related Characters: Narrator (speaker), Calidore, The Blatant Beast
Page Number: 938
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Book VI: Canto VII Quotes

And after all, for greater infamie,
He by the heeles him hung upon a tree,
And baffuld so, that all which passed by,
The picture of his punishment might see,
And by the like ensample warned bee

Page Number: 956
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Book VI: Canto XII Quotes

Ne may this homely verse, of many meanest,
Hope to escape his venomous despite,
More than my former writes, all were they clearest
From blamefull blot, and free from all that wite,
With which some wicked tongues did it backebite,
and bring into a mighty Peres displeasure,
That never so deserved to endite.
Therefore do you my rimes keep better measure,
And seeke to please, that now is counted wisemens threasure.

Related Characters: Narrator (speaker), The Blatant Beast
Page Number: 1023
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Blatant Beast Character Timeline in The Faerie Queene

The timeline below shows where the character The Blatant Beast appears in The Faerie Queene. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book V: Canto XII
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...foulest insults at him that he’s ever heard. They even unleash a monster called the Blatant Beast , which has a hundred tongues. Arthegall, however, doesn’t send Talus to chastise the hags.... (full context)
Book VI: Canto I
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...that he is on a quest to find a creature from the underworld called the Blatant Beast . Arthegall has in fact seen this many-tongued beast (also at the end of the... (full context)
Book VI: Canto III
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...While they’re talking, Serena wanders off to pick flowers and is suddenly taken by the Blatant Beast . The knights chase after the beast, which decides it doesn’t want to fight Calidore,... (full context)
Book VI: Canto V
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...overthrow Timias (who is back in the good graces of Belphoebe). These villains sent the Blatant Beast his way. Timias couldn’t resist fighting the evil monster, and in the fight, he got... (full context)
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While chasing the Blatant Beast , Timias was lured into a place where he was surrounded on each side by... (full context)
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...all decide to ride together. Timias begins to feel weak from his wound by the Blatant Beast . (full context)
Book VI: Canto VI
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The wounds the Blatant Beast left in Serena and Timias only continue to fester and grow. The hermit, who was... (full context)
Book VI: Canto IX
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Calidore returns to pursuing the Blatant Beast , not resting day or night as he chases after it. One day, while traveling... (full context)
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...back. Calidore himself is so enchanted with Pastorella that he temporarily forgets about chasing the Blatant Beast . (full context)
Book VI: Canto X
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Calidore is troubled because he wants to abandon his old quest of pursuing the Blatant Beast to continue his new quest of loving Pastorella. One day, he is walking and comes... (full context)
Book VI: Canto XII
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Having rescued Pastorella, Sir Calidore decides to return to his original quest of pursuing the Blatant Beast . First, though, he stops with Pastorella at a castle called Belgrade, which belongs to... (full context)
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...Bellamoure and Claribell, so Calidore leaves Pastorella with them when he goes to find the Blatant Beast . (full context)
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Meanwhile, Calidore crosses the land in search of the Blatant Beast . The beast also roams, robbing churches and other holy sites, and also fleeing when... (full context)
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The Blatant Beast has a frightening mouth full of all kinds of tongues, some of dogs, cats, bears,... (full context)
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With its muzzle on, the Blatant Beast loses its power and follows Sir Calidore around like a cowardly dog. Calidore takes the... (full context)
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Eventually, through bad fortune, the Blatant Beast breaks out of its chains and begins running around spreading slander about good knights. He... (full context)