The Lady Of Shalott Literary Analysis

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Terry Eagleton claims that literature was becoming the same as ‘imaginative. ' Writing about things that didn’t exist was more valued by the audience, and it was more exciting to read than reading about things that are in existence. The term ‘imaginative’ holds more than one interpretation when referring to the previous statement; its meaning is ambiguous. Its descriptive term means something literally not true while its descriptive term means visionary or inventive. As a reader of literature, I agree with Eagleton’s claim of how imaginative refers to things that aren’t in agreement with facts and reality, and it uses visionary but it isn’t inventive, and it doesn’t create original thoughts. Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market” and Alfred Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott” reflect…show more content…
Fairy tales often tell a story of how the hero is cursed or detained and can’t get free of those determinations. The Lady of Shalott is cursed and trapped in the castle. The curse rules the Lady’s life and at the end of the poem it causes her to die. The curse somehow is a reflection of black magic that gives the poem a mysterious theme and connects it to the world of fantasies and wizardry. If Tennyson were still alive, he would have had a long conversation with J. K. Rowling. Even though we don’t have much information about the wizard who gave the curse, we can see the wizard’s visionary of Lady of Shalott’s destiny. The wizard made the lady not to look directly outside of the window, but to see the world through the mirror and once she broke the rules, the mirror cracked, and the curse was released, which led to her death. In this poem, the poet isn’t inventive as well. The author reflects and maybe even criticizes the ideas of the Victorian age of “ideal society”. The lady weaves magic web “There she weaves by night and day/ A magic web with colors gay.” (Tennyson, 37-38) and is isolated in the tower just as women were expected to

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