In reading Tennyson's The Lady of Shalott, there are several elements of the plot that create a sense of mystery.
Influenced by the Romantic Movement (which often addressed the supernatural—as seen in Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner), there is also attention paid to nature.
In the following lines, which use personification, nature seems fearful ("shiver," "quiver"), lending itself to a sense of mystery—because for what reason would nature be frightened?
Willows whiten, aspens shiver.
The sunbeam showers break and quiver... (10-11)
The reader has no idea who the Lady of Shalott is, where she has come from or how she has come to this place so near to Camelot: it is a mystery.
Another detail that offers a sense of mystery or apprehension is found in this next segment:
Beneath the moon, the reaper weary
Listening whispers, "'Tis the fairy,
Lady of Shalott." (33-36)
For many, many years, audiences believed in the supernatural. During Shakespeare's time, his plays were...
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