the no signs of a living human

the reader with sensually erotic imagery creating this sense
of uncertainty amongst them. Rossetti’s use of erotic language between the
sisters builds a resistance against the men. The demanding nature of ‘suck my
juices’ les the reader infer the sisters don’t need the goblins as they have
one another which is why they are united against the goblins. Furthermore, the
only difference when Lizzie asks Laura to ‘suck her juices’ is that she wants
to help her sister not abuse her like the goblins. The simile on line 184-186,
illustrates the sisters to be ‘pigeons in the same nest’ showcasing that their
‘nest’ is their bed, presenting further intimacy. This intimacy they build is a
resistance as well as remedy to not succumb under the goblin threats, also to
avoid losing their youth and bloom what every maiden must have to ensure
purity, their sisterly love will not lose them their reputation in a Victorian
society which was very important to keep.

Throughout the poem there were no signs of a living human
man only the bestial goblins as Rossetti intentionally gives them animal like
properties, ‘barking, mewing, hissing’. Presenting how disrespectful they are
towards women. Also that they are mythical creatures so they have no human
characteristics. Laura and Lizzie may have overcome them but the sisters later
become ‘wives’ in stanza 28 of the epic poem. This presents them to be quite
weak and fall for the superiority of men as throughout the entire epic poem they
fought against the goblins trying to win them over. But end up falling into the
same patriarchal cycle they were trying to escape, this doesn’t make them any
stronger than the goblins. They are ‘locked into a social system which denies autonomy’
suggested by Barry. P showing actually they don’t have a united sisterhood as
men eventually take over their lives and all of that battle against the goblins
was for nothing as the ‘social system’ encompasses them into something they
cannot escape. It presents the sisters to be ‘ultimately helpless’ more than
anything as they can try fighting an epic battle like they do in the poem
however they’ll be locked in the social system as that is what women are
socialised to do, create a family. Rossetti has presented their hopeless fight
to overcome the goblin men by using an irregular rhyme scheme throughout. There
is fragmented use of rhyming couplets which emphasise the fact the sisters did
have a united front however it got fragmented through the course of the poem to
them ultimately becoming like ordinary women bought at a Victorian ‘market’ as
pure maidens, showing that the male centred economy is stronger than their
sisterly bond.

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There is constraint in the relationship presented between
the two sisters. Instead of staying together to protect each other against the
bestial goblins Laura goes to them regardless of Lizzies’ pleas. The
deflowering of Laura is therefore inevitable because she was tempted and now
reaps what she sow’s.  Lizzie also
repeats ‘must not look at the goblin men’ however; it falls onto deaf ears as
Laura does not hold back which hinders from the strong sense of sisterhood.
There is no sisterhood present if Laura could not respect her own sister’s well
wishes for her. This does not present sisterhood. On the contrary, this
presents the readers with the mistakes Laura committed as Rossetti carefully
chose the fruits described in the market, being ‘apple and quinces’ this is
referencing the ‘original sin’ of Adam and Eve where they also commit a sin
through temptation much like Laura. The fruitful imagery presented with ‘apple’
also has a sense of danger as apples are commonly red which connotes danger as
well as passion which the goblins possess, as they are ‘exploitative, and
repressive in their relations with women.’ Which is the quintessence of
goblin-like men as that is how they managed to engage with both sisters which
deters from the sisterhood.

To conclude, Christina Rossettis’ poem ‘Goblin Market’
provides a strong sense of united sisterhood against the goblins as both Laura
and Lizzie live to retell their tales of hardship. The epic twenty eight
stanzas throughout the poem showcase the battles the sisters have gone through
against the goblin-like men yet they remain intact. The last stanza creates a
sense of unity as the sisters both are happy with their children, knowing that
they have one another to help if they ever need redemption. Although the
goblins may have taken advantage of Laura, it is overcome with the fact Lizzie
rescues her risking her dignity, which is why the sisters fill the readers with
a strong sense of united sisterhood, they overcame their hardships together.