The use of fruit and Lizzie's temptation is also an allusion to the Biblical story of Original Sin.
The fruit is almost a symbolic character itself, representing a desire to indulge in physical pleasure and to accept the myriad of material lures we are offered without thinking of the repercussions.
Despite all Lizzie's efforts to warn her sister, Laura learns the hard way, developing a sickness after her meeting with the goblin men.
In this way, Laura and Lizzie represent the duality of human choice and the internal struggle people face in making decisions.
By using a fairy tale setting mixed with erotic lyricism, Christina Rossetti weaves a tale that, in ways, children and adults can both relate to.
On its surface "Goblin Market" is a simple moral lesson for anyone who has ever been tempted.
Laura gets sick and Lizzie saves her by going to the market.
After the goblins taunt, tease and torment her with the tempting fruit, the fruit’s juices smudged in her face, she runs back home letting her sister kiss and suck them from her cheeks....
[tags: Goblin Market Essays] - Seduction and Lust in Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market A seemingly innocent poem about two sisters’ encounters with goblin men, Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market” is a tale of seduction and lust.
Behind the lattice of the classic mortal entrapment and escapement from fairyland, “Goblin Market” explores Laura’s desire for heterosexual knowledge, the goblin men’s desire for mortal flesh, and Laura and Lizzie’s desire for homosexual eroticism.