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Unholy Senses The poem Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti relates the ethical tale of two sisters Laura and Lizzie Rossetti constructs the poem surrounding the two women who are unable to access their fully developed intuitions without being subsumed by the men who provide sensory delights Rossetti establishes this through characterizing the base physical senses as an unfit endeavor for young women to experience The character Laura in the poem is led through a tortuous experience because she follows her intuitions to follow the Goblin men who through Rossettis richly laden verse are characterized as animalistic and morally debase Laura is saved by her sister Lizzie whose character reveals Rossettis wish to propagate a life devoid of sensory experience because it will lead to a greater reward after death Therefore Christina Rossetti deems the physical senses as an inappropriate and unholy means of expression for women in her didactic poem Goblin Market Laura is more willing than Lizzie to induce her sensory perceptions and this leads to her demise Laura the unwholesome sister of Goblin Market is stimulated and seduced by the Goblins The first movement of the poem adheres strictly to her senses This is all the while Lizzie reprimands Laura for loitering in the glen ln 144 with the Goblin men Although Laura is severely punished because of her greedy pursuit of pleasure by Rossetti The dichotomous position of the two sisters moral stances on the fulfillment of pleasure in eating the fruit is exampled in the first two stanzas of the poem Laura pronounces Look Lizzie look Lizzie ln 54 as she tries to engage her sister in sharing a glance at the Goblin men Lizzie is the consummate modest woman as She thrust a dimpled finger In each ear shut eyes and ran ln 67-68 Lizzie refuses the eye candy that Laura indulges in Lizzie tries to get Laura to resist by stating that Their offers should not
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