Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti

1239 WordsFeb 26, 20185 Pages
During the Victorian period, the feminism was beginning to take on a stronger voice, marking the start of this movement. Poet Christina Rossetti embraced this, as her own principles slowly became publicly acceptable. By creating modern female heroines, Rossetti comments on the Victorian society that she and her feminist contemporaries wished to see altered, in “Goblin Market”, this voice is evident. With the two sister, Laura and Lizzie, portrayed as innocent, pure and virginal, the goblins take on a more malicious character; portraying that of the male figures who tempt and corrupt. According to the Victorian definition, a gentleman "never takes unfair advantage . . . or insinuates evil which he dare not say out," and possesses, among other qualities, the ability to avoid all suspicion and resentment (Landow 4). The goblins seem to contradict this definition of a gentleman throughout the poem; they represent the deleterious nature of men on the lives of women. Although it can be argued that the men of “Goblin Market” are wanting of sexual desires, it is evident that their only need is to take their virtue, “Once both sisters have gone to the goblins and acquired the juices of their fruits, they have no further need of them" (Mermin 291). The poem begins with an image reflecting that of the Garden of Eden. Much like the serpent, the goblins call the sisters' to their delicious, exotic fruits, which represent the proverbial forbidden fruit--one taste and chaos ensues. Using
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