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    The theme of obsession and addiction is evident throughout Christina Rossetti’s poem, Goblin Market. Goblin Market can be interpreted as a storyline unfolding the symptoms, signs, treatment, and the overall dangers of drug addiction. From the beginning lines, the goblins are identified as drug dealing creatures. Rossetti creates a drug-dealing setting where the male creatures are the sellers, and the young unmarried women are the customers. The robotic crying of the goblins, ‘Come buy, come buy’ oddly enough allows them to be manipulative and successful entrepreneurs. The goblins tempt the women into buying their perfect fruits all day long; morning and evening as described by Rossetti. Conjunctionally, these rare fruits symbolize illicit…

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    To what extent and in what ways do The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, Goblin Market and Rebecca unsettle cultural definitions of gender and/or sexuality? Christina Rossetti, Daphne du Maurier and Angela Carter question and unsettle contemporary ideas of gender and sexuality respectively in Goblin Market, Rebecca and The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories. Each author, writing at different periods in history and therefore different eras in terms of both the women’s rights movement and the…

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    In “Goblin Market,” Christina Rossetti discusses three main characters involved in the poem and the different experiences they encounter with these Goblin Men. In this essay, I will compare and contrast the different experiences, while describing what message Christina Rossetti is trying to formulate from these different experiences. I will also describe some similarities that this story has with our first story we read “How to Be a Victorian.” Each character has a unique encounter with the…

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    In “Goblin Market,” Christina Rossetti discusses three main characters involved in the poem and the different experiences they encounter with these Goblin Men. In this essay, I will compare and contrast the different experiences, while describing what message Christina Rossetti is trying to formulate from these different experiences. Each character has a unique encounter with the Goblin men that has many different meanings to them and different messages being sent by the Author. The young,…

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    Goblin Men: Then and Now All around the world, women are degraded for reasons such as intelligence, sexuality, physical strength, or even details some would find insignificant, such as hair color or weight. Women are catcalled, sexually harassed, abused, and thought of as inferior to men every single day. Christina Rossetti shows how men in the Victorian Era degraded women in the same way women are degraded today. It is disheartening to see that the way some men acted during this time is still…

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    purity, the antithesis of what he is. Both Porphyria 's Lover, by Robert browning, and Goblin Market, by Christina Rossetti, explore the duality of eroticisation and demonization of the female form – which acts as a manifestation of female desire - by utilising…

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    Rosetti’s “Goblin Market” displays the female body in two contrasting lights- one of vulnerability, and one of strength. Laura’s body is marked by descriptors of fragility; her eager consumption of the goblin men’s fruit in exchange for a “precious golden lock” leaves her “wasted,” “undone,” and “knocking on Death’s door” (8, 13,17). This reflects traditional ideas which profess that women’s bodies are readily receptive to, and easily “ruined” by the temptations presented by men. Yet, through…

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    “The Goblin Market”, written by Christina Rossetti, portrays an interesting point of view using symbolism to describe violence and sexual abuse in an imaginary setting. The goblins in the poem are supposedly representing men, who are representing animalistic creatures that cannot be restrained. These goblins have a selfish craving for satisfying their own pleasure even if that means harming others in the process. “One had cat’s face … One like a ratel tumbled hurry scurry” (lines 71-76). A…

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    Prominently exemplified in Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market is the deep bond that is held between sisters from birth. No matter how deep a bond is between siblings, however, something will always try to tear them apart. In the case of Laura and Lizzie, Laura falls to temptation at the hands of goblin men. Nevertheless, before things get better, they will always get worse. After tasting the goblin men’s fruit, Laura’s life is sent into a downward spiral as she begins to decay both mentally and…

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    2015 Paper #1 “Goblin Market”, written by Christina Rossetti in 1859 and published in 1862, is a tale warning of the dangers of temptation. This piece was written in a time period where many women were not educated because it was frowned upon just as the expression of a woman’ sexuality was frowned upon. I believe “Goblin Market” can be used to address all forms of forbidden female pleasure such as education and sexuality. “Goblin Market” tells the tale of two sisters who are tempted by the…

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