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Goblin Market ­ Christina Rossetti (Themes)
Women and Femininity

The world of "Goblin Market" is a woman's world. We never meet any male characters, and the only sign
that men exist at all comes at the very end, when we're told that Lizzie and Laura have become "wives"
(line 544).…

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Whether you read Laura's binge on the goblin fruit as a sexual escapade or as the beginning of a descent
into chemical addiction and withdrawal, the poem certainly seems to want us to read it as some kind of a
sin or transgression. Lizzie is able to resist temptation,…


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