Goblin Market & the Sons Veto

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In both the “Goblin Market” and “The Son’s Veto” women fall prey to overbearing male dominance; the roles that these female characters portray are similar to that of the gender roles men and women possessed during the Victorian er, though ea.ach protagonist deals with the struggle in very different ways. Lizzie breaks the constriction of gender roles by redefining women’s strength and fighting the goblins to save her sister, while Sophy allows herself to be defined by how Victorian society dictates the ways in which she should act. Laura and Sophy are alike however in the manner in which they let themselves be victimized. Lizzie is different because she finds the power within herself to resist the goblin’s temptations even after they threaten her, though Sophie ultimately succumbs to the controlling nature of the masculine forces around her. Through reference to specific images, including the fruit in “Goblin Market” and the cross in “The Son’s Veto” it is possible for the reader to see the different ways in which Laura, Lizzie, and Sophy handle the power struggles that defined the Victorian era. In Rossetti’s “Goblin Market” the two sisters, Laura and Lizzie, have greatly differing personalities. After ignoring the persistence of the goblins, who attempt to sell their fruit, Laura eventually falls victim to such these creatures; the goblins know how to prey on the weak. Her satisfaction outweighed her reason and she indulged in the fruit, which ended up leading to her demise. Her sister, Lizzie, decides that she will be the hero and take action so that her sister can be saved from aging too quickly. After Laura eats the fruit she becomes obsessed with the consumption of the fruit and wants more, telling her sister that she will go as far as returning to the goblins. However, she can’t find them so she begins to age prematurely and stop eating: “Tender
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