Explicate "Spellbound" by Emily Bronte.

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While it seems possible to interpret the speaker as resolute and defiant in the face of frightening scenes and possibilities, I think the speaker is more likely powerless and unable to move. After all, she is "spellbound," or so we can assume from the poem's title: this means that she is held by or held as if by a spell, something she cannot control. Notice that at the end of each stanza, she says she "cannot, cannot go" and not that she will not, will not go. To say that she cannot go suggests that she is powerless to go, that she is unable to leave because of the "tyrant spell" that "has bound" her. If she had said she will not go, then a choice is implied. Therefore, despite the frightening scene...

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