Christina Rossetti was born in London on December 5, 1930. She is regarded by many as “one of the most important women poets in writing” in England during the nineteenth-century (Everett). Rossetti’s best known for writing a collection of pieces known as Goblin Market and Other Poems that was published in 1862 (Christina Rossetti). Many have argued that her most notable poem of the collection, “Goblin Market,” has a strong biblical undertone. By analyzing the characters and symbolisms of “Goblin market” against their biblical counterparts, we will attempt to find the stories true message.
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Does this sound familiar? Where else have we heard of a women being tempted by evil forces? The story of Eve being tempted by the serpent shares many characteristics with Lizzie and her struggle to overcome the goblins charms. For instance, the following passage clearly shows how the serpent tempted Eve into eating the forbidden fruit.
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. (Gen 3:5)
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat. (Gen 3:6)
While this may be more conniving than the repeated calls of the goblin men to “Come buy, come buy” (Rossetti, 90), this is a clear demonstration of the similarities of how Rossetti’s “Goblin Market” uses
Moreover, Lizzie in many ways is represented as Laura’s guide through life. When Lizzie tells Laura “No, no, no; / Their offers should not charm us, / Their evil gifts would harm us” (Rossetti, 64-66). Moreover, when she “for the first time in her life/Began to listen and look,” it demonstrates how she was willing to sacrifice everything to help her fellow sister.
Lastly, Jesus is considered the savior of mankind whom is represented by Laura. So how do these characters connect? 1 John 3:16 states “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” This is a clear demonstration of how the Bible portrays Jesus as the savior of mankind. Just as Jesus sacrificed his life, Lizzie sacrificed herself when she went to the goblins market. While the fate of Lizzie is not as tragic as her biblical counterparts it still shows a common theme in regards to self-sacrifice and love for ones brother or sister.
When Lizzie returned to her sister, she was covered in the juices of fruit that the goblins attempted to force upon her. She then yelled:
Come and kiss me
Never mind my bruises,
Hug me, kiss me, suck my juices
Squeezed from goblin fruits for you. (Rossetti, 466-469)
When Laura kissed the juices from her sister she became rejuvenated and “Her locks streamed like a torch” (Rossetti, 500). How can this be? The Bible clearly states "A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit"(Matt. 7:18). Therefore, if this story is to stay true to its biblical nature the...