Goblin Market

It seems pretty clear after reading the poem “Goblin Market” by Christina Rossetti, that it’s theme has to do with some sort of addiction. The poem uses fruit as the symbol for the addiction.

Some suggest that it is sexual addiction, which is possible given the way the goblins treat Lizzie when she goes to get fruit for her sister. It also sounds like it is some other sort of addiction like a drug because the poem mentions that another friend died from it, and it talks about Laura being listless around the house, which sounds like withdrawal of some sort.

Most likely, the poem is talking about addiction in general, and references multiple sorts of addiction.

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  1. Paul Fess

    Allison, interesting thoughts here. If the subject is substance abuse, what are other key elements that support this reading? What would you say to the folks who read it as being about gender/sexuality?

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