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The Lady of Shalott is an excellent example of Lord Alfred Tennysons brilliant usage of verbal illusion The Lady is depicted as a magical being who lives alone on the island of Shalott near the town of Camelot where she is trapped inside a tower She is forbidden from leaving the tower or looking directly out of the window at the world because she has been cursed No one has ever seen her but they know she is in the tower because they hear her singing early in the morning She passes the days by weaving tapestries on her web of the things she sees through the reflection in her mirror In the reflection she notices many people going down to Camelot At first she is content with her life then when she sees the knights ride past she begins to realize how lonely she actually is When she sees two young lovers lately wed in the moonlight she becomes aware that she is missing out on romance One day she saw the reflection of Sir Lancelot riding alone in her mirror and was enchanted by him Even though she knew it is forbidden she leaves the tapestry and mirror to look at him directly Instantly she becomes aware that if she remains in the tower forever she will never be happy Therefore she decides to leave the tower Although she knows that something bad might happen she is willing to take that risk She decides to take a chance because she can no longer live life in a shadow The mirror breaks the tapestry flies off in the wind and the Lady starts to suffer from the power of the curse Suddenly a storm arises and the lady leaves her castle It seems the storm has something to do with the curse She finds a boat writes her name on the bow and sets adrift in it singing a death song as she
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