The Goblin Market

After reading Christina Rossetti’s The Goblin Market, my head hurt from the number of interpretations, symbolism, and the ways it relates to our modern our society. There seemed to be a  religious reference to Eve eating the apple as Laura ate the fruit Lizzie had warned her not to. The description of the fruits sounded very much like the descriptions of overpriced food today; we have “free range” and “organic” while the goblins had “grapes fresh from the vine”. When she ate the fruit, she felt euphoric and wanted more. In this, I saw the drug dealers of today tempting us with things that will make us feel so good that they’ll kill us. Moreover, I found there to be some things that the Victorians probably saw as much more risque than we do when we read it today. The descriptions of how Laura and Lizzie laid in bed and them kissing after Lizzie’s encounter with the goblins probably looked to them like a “Dear Penthouse” letter.Lastly, they both go on to marry and have children where they warn them of the dangers of the goblins, just as we warn our children of drugs nowadays. This entry may be updated following the in class discussion.


2 thoughts on “The Goblin Market

  1. I could teach just about everything in the Victorian era based on this poem – prostitution, opium addiction, imperialism (yellow peril), class structure, gender issues, sexual identity,etc.. It is so rich that I could easily bog a class down in it. It is also so very suggestive that it’s like you say, and makes 50 Shades look like a comic book. There are wheels within wheels here.

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