• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Tennysons women are more engaging then his men. To what extent do you agree with this statement?

Extracts from this document...


´╗┐Tennyson?s women are more engaging then his men. To what extent do you agree with this statement? Whether Tennyson?s women are more engaging than his men relies on personal preference. The stories and background behind each female or male character differs in each poem. As the female and male characters vary throughout Tennyson?s collection of poems, it is difficult to justify whether women as a collection are more engaging since different characters contribute different levels of interest. To some extent I agree that Tennyson?s women are more engaging then his men. The female character of Marianna is particularly captivating and Tennyson uses different devices to entice the reader into the poem. The psychological landscape mirrors Marianna?s psychological decay as she awaits her lover. This is shown through images of deterioration of the physical environment, however as time progresses Marianna is stuck inside this separate sphere where her psychological state is immobile but her physical wellbeing is ageing. ...read more.


?Hung in the golden Galaxy. The bridle bells rang merrily, as he rode down from Camelot.? This engrosses the reader and makes them feel as if Sir Lancelot has a significant purpose in the poem since his appearance is likened to royalty, however as the poem progresses his only role given by Tennyson is to remark on the look of the Lady Shalott?s corpse. Despite there being reason to suggest that Tennyson?s women are more engaging than his men, there is evidence to indicate that they are of equal standing. Tennyson uses elements of the solar system in Marianna and in the Lady of Shalott. In Marianna the image of the moon is used to demonstrate Marianna?s loss of power over life. It controls the direction of the shadows, which remind her of her lover, just like circumstances have prevented him from returning to her. ...read more.


Despite this, there is a point to which I do not agree that Tennyson?s women are more engaging than his men. In Morte D?Arthur Christian imagery is used to describe the impact Arthur had upon the land. The Round Table and the knights represent Christianity and its disciples. ?But now the whole round table is dissolved Which was an image of the mighty world?. This shows the reader just how important Arthur is and the significance of his death. The reader becomes heavily engaged because they become interested how his life resembles religion. In comparison the Lady of Shalott?s death is dramatic, as pathetic fallacy is used to demonstrate her retaliation against her life within the tower. ?In the stormy east-wind straining, the pale yellow woods were waning? this emphasises her daringness and engages the reader, as the whole world seems to be following her. But in contrast, the response to each death is different? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Alfred Lord Tennyson section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Alfred Lord Tennyson essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The Lady Of Shalott Feminist Reading

    3 star(s)

    Tennyson concludes the fear that men feel towards women as they are unable to understand them and therefore cannot accommodate them as an equal. The curse upon the Lady of Shalott can be viewed by feminist critics as the curse of being a woman.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    A later poet said 'Old men ought to be explorers'. What do you think ...

    3 star(s)

    Although Ulysses is referring a great deal to travelling as adventures were a common thing during the Greek context, (Ulysses speaks to the mariners, many of whom were killed on the Odyssey adventure; 'My mariners, souls that have toiled, and wrought, and thought with me')

  1. Peer reviewed

    Look again at Ulysses and write about Tennysons narrative techniques

    5 star(s)

    These descriptive epithets of Telemachus, "blameless", "discerning", are spoken with an air of indifference bordering on malicious contempt, and become ironic through Ulysses' own abdication of duty, though this does not have the effect of removing the depraved tone. The shortening of the lines when referring to Telemachus also relate

  2. Peer reviewed

    "What are the poetic skills Tennyson uses in his narrative poems?"

    3 star(s)

    "When the thickest dark did trance the sky" (Stanza 2 line 6) "The rusted nails fell from the knots" (Stanza 1 line 3) These are uses of imagery as it makes the audience imagine what is happening. The use of repetition can be clearly seen at the end of every

  1. "Consider the context of Tennyson's 'The Lady of Shalott' and analyse the presentation of ...

    Waterhouse is the Lady of Shallot. Elizabeth Siddal is best known as the wife of Rossetti and the subject of Pre-Raphaelite pictures. In 1850 she met the Pre-Raphaelites and was the ideal model - she was considered to be 'A girl of quite remarkable beauty'. Rossetti fell in love with her and before the year was out, they were spending all of their time together.

  2. Alfred Lord Tennysons In Memoriam contains many theological elements debating the confusion between science ...

    to pieces when he immediately changes tack and despairs that "Behold, we know not anything; I can but trust that good shall fall." This stanza gives the impression that the beginning of the canto was a mockery of a foolish and dead belief system.

  1. I think that in Tennyson's poems, 'The lady of Shalott' and 'Mariana', the central ...

    The imagery of decay used suggests the extreme isolation of the female character 'Mariana'. The description of her surroundings '... rusted nails... broken sheds looked sad and strange ...Weeded and worn the ancient thatch... the lonely moated grange...' let us see that the female has been waiting a long time.

  2. Discussing 'Mariana' and 'The Lady of Shallot' by Alfred lord Tennyson.

    He flash'd into the crystal mirror." "She left the web, she left the loom She made three paces thro' the room." This is a quick, spontaneous decision and she knows that she has to see him there and then. This also shows that she is very passionate, taking her own life for a glance at Sir Lancelot.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work