Study Guide

The Faerie Queene Three-Act Plot Analysis

By Edmund Spenser

Three-Act Plot Analysis

Act I

Redcrosse and Una head out on adventures pretty optimistically, but things immediately start going wrong when monsters attack and characters they meet betray them.

Act II

First thrown in prison and then almost convinced to commit suicide, Redcrosse finds himself in a time of serious spiritual crisis that only Una and her wisdom are able to cure.

Act III

Renewed and refreshed, Redcrosse defeats the dragon and wins the lady, although not without a few bumps and Redcrosse's tearful departure out on (you got it) another mission. Nothing comes easy in this knight's story.