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Laura's Personality Essay

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Laura and Lizzie, the two sisters, are the protagonists of Rossetti's poem "Goblin Market", Both of them are maiden, pure and innocent. While Lizzie holds on to her innocence and was able to overcome her temptation, Laura fell prey to the goblin men. The personality of Laura progresses throughout the poem, from naivety towards experience and then finally to redemption.
In the beginning of the poem Laura is portrayed as innocent until she tries the goblin fruit that takes away her innocence. The opening line of the poem, "Morning and evening; Maids heard the goblins cry" (Rossetti Lines: 1-2) suggests that only maidens are able to hear the goblin men selling their fruit. And Laura is pure ...view middle of the document...

Laura craves for more fruit, and makes excuses to stay longer at the glen to catch the goblin men, but when she finds that Lizzie can hear the goblin cry, while she is not able to hear any, "[h]er tree of life drooped from the root" (Rossetti Line 260). She fell ill and weak, but she kept her secret from her sister Lizzie. By the time of next full moon, Laura's hair turns grey. Apparently, eating the goblin fruit somehow tied Laura's life to the moon, so that by the time the moon vanishes, Laura will die. She even tries to plant the "kernel-stone" from one of the goblins fruit that she brings home with her, but in vain. Soon Laura loses all her interest in life, and stops doing chores around her home, "[a]nd would not eat" (Rossetti Line 298).
Finally, it is Lizzie who saves Laura in the end, and transforms her personality. Laura seems so close to death that Lizzie cannot afford to wait any longer. Lizzie is concerned with saving her sister at any cost, thus she set forth to buy the...

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