Look again at Part 3 of ‘The Lady of Shalott’ and write about Tennyson’s narrative methods here

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Look again at Part 3 of `The Lady of Shalott' and write about Tennyson's narrative
methods here
The rhythmic pattern in part 3 of the poem gives the idea that Tennyson is focusing on a few
fixed moments in time. The use of `she left the web, she left the loom/ she made three
paces across the room,' gives the idea that the time has picked up in pace as she rushes to
see Lancelot at the window.
Tennyson uses words such as `bold' and `dazzling' and `mighty' to describe Lancelot it gives
the idea that the Lady of Shalott is captivated by the sight of him and has fallen in love with
Sir Lancelot. Although she doesn't say this, the fact that she rushes to the window after
hearing the `tirra lirra' song finalises the fact that she is in love with him.
The description of Shalott as being `remote' is in contrast to the busy fast pacing Camelot in
part one of the poem. The reader is given a clearer idea on the fact that the Lady of Shalott
is a lonely character that cannot see the world properly but only through a mirror.

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