Are conventional Victorian ideas about women contested or supported in Goblin Market? Can the poem be seen as demonstrating a 
power struggle between men and women? 


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Christina Rossetti’s narrative poem “Goblin Market” is often praised as a protofeminist work of literature, and for good reason: the text absolutely contests restrictive Victorian gender norms by exploring the strong, sensual relationship between two sisters as they resist a noticeably masculine group of goblins. Many feminist critics point to the powerful connection between the sisters as an indication that Rossetti is working against the narrow gender norms of the time. Indeed, the fact that the poem is written from a distinctly sensual feminine point of view is already radical, but Rossetti goes further by having the women resist the temptations of the goblins:

“One called her proud,

Cross-grained, uncivil;

Their tones waxed loud,

Their looks were...

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