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Briefly describe one or several rooms in the House of Alma and how it embodies or relatesto some aspect of Book Twos theme of temperance and intemperance The themes of temperance that being the employment of restraint or at least moderation especially in the yielding to personal appetites or desires and of intemperance the submitting to such desires pervade Book Two of The Faeirie Queene Prior to describing individual rooms within the Castle of Alma it is useful to briefly discuss how the idea of the castle functions within the Book Spenser compares the towers of the structure with towers at Thebes and Troy which stand as monuments to individual According to Berger Almas Castle functions as an archetype of human temperance Spenser specifically describes the building in terms of the human body relating it to Christian teachings in the first canto he states Of all Gods workes which do this world adorn There is no one more faire and excellent Then is mans body both for powre and form Whiles it is kept in sobre government Spensers statement borrows from the polemic of St Augustine which states there is noneed that in our sins and vices we accuse the nature of the flesh to the injury of thecreator for in its own kind and degree the flesh is good Berger Almas castlerepresents this good flesh Throughout canto IX the reader is shown that the inordinateuses of the flesh intemperance that permeate all other cantos of book II are not the onlypossible uses of the flesh as represented by the actions of Guyo Concerning the interior of the castle the Kitchen is described in detail in terms which can be directly related to Spensers presentation of Mammons refinery in canto VII he portrays both temperate and intemperate versions of similar processes of conversion and production The kitchen is described as A vault ybuilt for great dispence With many ranges reard along the wall And one
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