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Eros can be found throughout most of Alfred Lord Tennysons poem entitled The Lady of Shalott Eros or its lack there of becomes evident through the descriptions given in the beginning of the poem The Four gray walls and four gray towers and the river in Part I as well as the gray magic web referred to in line two of the first stanza of Part II symbolically convey the Ladys dismal lonely existence as she is cut off from the rest of the world She gazes into the mirror as she weaves because it is her only means of seeing the outside world and the road that leads to Camelot When she sees knights riding to Camelot she is reminded of the fact that she has no knight of her own and is cursed to live a life without love The only joy the Lady has in her life is that of weaving what she sees going on in the outside world This joy however is bittersweet because while she enjoys weaving what she sees she cannot experience the world outside her tower for herself Eros is found in the fourth stanza of Part II when the Lady sees two young lovers The Ladys response to seeing these two is I am half sick of shadows because she knows that they are in love and is harshly reminded of her own need to be needed and loved even more strongly In Part III of the poem through her mirror the Lady sees the dazzling sun the sparkling yellow field gems glitters jewels and Sir Lancelot Lancelot is described in this way glowing and exuding light in order to contrast the dullness of the Lady of Shalotts life and to convey the feeling she had at the exact moment at which she saw and fell in love with him Eros
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