Analysis Of The Poem ' The Goblin Market ' By Christina Rossetti And The Novel `` Wuthering Heights ``

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Lee McNiel
Professor Elizabeth Stansell
English 2130
Men’s Power in Literature over Women
Until recently, men and women have not been treated as equals in society. The disproportionate positions of genders is a common theme in the mid 19th century British literature and is illustrated in the poem, “Goblin Market”, by Christina Rossetti and the novel, Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë. These works both directly and indirectly address the role of genders, primarily the controlling aspect of men over women, in the culture at that time. “Goblin Market”, tells the story of two sisters, Laura and Lizzie, who hear the calls of the goblins at the market near their home. Throughout the story, the pair attempts to avoid the “demon’s” alluring fruit, which is symbolic for the lust of sex. However, among the constant pleading of the goblins, symbolizing men, the women become seduced by the fruit. Laura eventually succumbs to the pressure and, in an absence of money, pays the goblins a lock of her hair for their fruit. In this way she loses her chastity. This loss is to the goblins delight and Laura finds the fruit delicious. She craves more fruit from the goblin market, but has not been able to locate the goblins. This depravation from the fruit has causes her health to decline, ‘Day after day, night after night, Laura kept watch in vain/ In sullen silence of

McNiel2 exceeding pain. She never caught again the goblin cry: “Come buy, come buy”’ (“Goblin Market”).…

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