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How does the Lady of Shalott relate to the theme of belonging?

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monica0811 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 14, 2012 at 8:16 AM via web

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How does the Lady of Shalott relate to the theme of belonging?

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suvetha | Student , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted April 8, 2012 at 8:03 AM (Answer #1)

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In this poem, the main character exists under a spell without knowing what its origin is or why it has been put on her and without thinking of how she can remove it. She seems to accept it as her fate: "And so she weaveth steadily, / And little other care has she" (lines 43-44), the poem explains. The one stipulation of this mysterious curse is that she cannot look out her window at the panorama of nature and humanity that is so clearly outlined in the poem's first section. She does not seem to care that she is deprived of direct contact with the...

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