What Does The Beadsman Mean

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In this stanza, Keats introduces The Beadsman, the minor and sympathetic characters of the story who is the well-wisher of Madeline and wants to see her happy after getting her true love. He is shown here as one of the frozen creatures on this bitter and cold night, with his frozen fingers and breath. He is unaware of his surrounding and also the freezing cold but he is determined to say his prayers to the “sweet Virgin” (9). Somewhere he represents himself the ideas of holiness, martyrdom and religious devotion, but sometimes due to his ceremonial, joyless behaviour and self-denial make him miserable. He devotes himself in for a spiritual and mystical experience so he neglects his entire physical existence. Even his prayer-house resembles more a tomb than a place of worship “Emprison’d in black, purgatorial rails: Knights, ladies praying in dumb orat’ries” (15–16). He looks like the figures …show more content…
He is constantly in trouble with his sore throats, symptoms of consumption which will soon bring him to his death bed. He feels sad not only of his love for Fanny which can’t be recognized because of his consumption but he also suffers from jealousy. In this moment, he regards love as a greedy, dominating, destructive passion. Keats feels himself personally reserve, separates from friends and also diverts from his poetry. His poetical works during that time isn’t so bright. Then he starts to write The Eve of St. Agnes in the celebration of their acknowledgement of mutual love. But soon he realizes his physical and financial condition is the obstacles on his way to marry with Fanny. Once Keats, in the character of Porphyro, satisfies his passion what might happen to him. His intense suffering and fear for the unhappy result of his love seems in The Eve of St. Agnes. If there is no happiness in love then it is dangerous for the life because it overcomes with pain and

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