Essay on Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market

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Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market One of the strongest emotions inherent in us as humans is desire. The majority of the time, we are unable to control what we crave; however, with practice, we learn not all things we want are necessary. As a result of this mature understanding, we are able to ease our feelings and sometimes even suppress our desires. Something even more mature is understanding that when we give in to our desires, we become vulnerable. In a harsh, brutal world, vulnerability will not work to our advantage. In Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market,” she writes about a sister who succumbs to her desire and pays dearly for it while the other sister resists her desires and receives the ultimate reward of her sister’s…show more content…
Her desire for the fruit the goblin men were selling overcame her and she succumbed to it, resulting in the loss of her precious youth. Laura’s sister, on the other hand, travels a different path. Lizzie, having run away from the goblin men, isn’t faced with any real desire for their fruit yet; however, at the onset of her sister’s premature aging, she is forced to seek out the goblin men for her sister’s cure. She approaches the goblin men and asks them to sell any “Of [their] fruits tho’ much and many” (387). She refuses to sit down and eat with them as they request. Because of this, they become angry and begin to force the fruit upon her. She resists all attempts and the goblin men leave: “Lizzie uttered not a word: / Would not open lip from lip…At last the evil people / Worn out by her resistance” (430 – 438). She then goes home to let her sister eat the juices she had smeared all over her skin to cure the premature aging. After eating the fruit juices, “Laura awoke as from a dream, / Laughed in the innocent old way…Her gleaming locks showed not one thread of grey, / Her breath was sweet as May / And light danced in her eyes (537 – 542). Lizzie was strong enough to suppress whatever desire she had for the fruit because she knew what would happen if she didn’t. As a result, she was able to help her sister return to
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