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Randy Salarax IB English Goblin Market Analysis Word Count: 1,206 "Goblin Market" is a narrative poem that is told from a third person perspective. Rossetti uses rudimentary sequences to create a framework that consists of twenty eight stanzas. In this poem, there are three characters consisting of Laura who is portrayed as an innocent girl in the beginning of the poem. Nevertheless, as she is intertwined by the goblin men as a result of their malicious acts, her life is tainted and is destroyed by transforming into a meaningless soul. Lizzie is another character who is depicted as Laura's loving sister whom sacrifices herself in order to maintain her sister content even if it torments her to watch Laura's reaction to the temptation of the fruits the goblin men offer. These goblins are seen as manipulative foul men who take pride in selling their fruits and observing the girls who take the fruits and eventually desire more and more making the girls slowly wither down. The poem Goblin Market written by Christina Rossetti involves two close sisters, named Laura and Lizzie, the goblin men, and a character named Jeanie who is referenced but not actually present for any of the events in the content. Laura and Lizzie are accustomed to gather water each evening near a stream, and each night hear the calls from the Goblin Merchants, who sell fruits in mystical abundance and variety. ...read more.


In this scene, she gets juice "syruped" on her face, which she utilizes to cure Laura of her lust. This points out that while the goblins can attack the body, Lizzie will not permit the contamination of Laura's soul or conscience. Furthermore, women's rights are brought into the poem as well. At the beginning of the poem, Laura is able to receive fruit after cutting off locks of her hair, which can possibly symbolize her virginity. "She clipped a precious golden lock, she dropped a tear more rare than pearl, then sucked their fruit globes fair or red." The poem's tone toward this temptation and lust seems ambiguous, since the happy ending offers the possibility of redemption for Laura, while typical Victorian portrayals of the "fallen woman" ended in the fallen woman's death. Moreover, sisterly love is addressed when Lizzie first warns Laura to stay away from the goblin men because she wishes to protect her. She then saves Laura from suffering by sacrificing herself ultimately choosing to endure the pain and misery. Moreover, there is a contrast between morning and evening, one content and one sick in part; one in day's delight and one longing for night. Fundamentally, sacrifice occurs when Lizzie goes to get fruit at the Goblin Marketplace for her dearly loved sister. ...read more.


Laura pays with a lock of her hair which possible symbolizes her virginity (I think). The Goblins are all men and they mistreat Lizzie when she refuses showing treatment of women. (I think). 3) Sisterly Love is addressed when Lizzie first warns Laura because she wishes to protect her and when she saves her from her Lust by putting herself through pain and dangers just to help her sister. 4) Psychological / Balance is addressed in different parts. (Morning and evening) (One content and one sick in part) (One in day's delight and one longing for night) 5) Sacrifice occurs when Lizzie went to get fruit at the Goblin Market for Lizzie because of Laura's desire for it. Laura was deprived of everything else and only wanted the taste of the luscious fruit in her mouth. Lizzie sacrifices herself just like Christ did for his people in Catholicism. She went through the torment of the goblins, the beatings and the pain in order to please her sister, Laura. Side note: Rossetti was a strong follower of the fundamentals of religion, so when she mentions staying away from the fruit, she reiterates the story of Adam and Eve and how eating a fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil caused the two to die as punishment. The same relates to Jeanie, she ate the Goblin's fruit and in the end perished. Laura is slyly enticed to eat forbidden fruit, which predictably results in great pain and her lose of innocence. ...read more.

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