In “Market Women’s Cries,” each stanza of the poem depicts a woman selling a different product. The first woman sells apples, the second sells onions, and the third sells herrings. Each of the women must sell their product to live, though only the apple and herring sellers directly reference their poverty in the poem.
In Marxist Critical Theory (MCT), a reader would use the ideas of marxism to analyze a text. Things that MCT focuses on include differences in social class, the abuses of the capitalist system, how does the work as a whole interact with the current system, and how do characters or others overcome oppression in the text.
In “Market Women’s Cries,” the three central characters of the poem are women selling food in the market place. The women are all lower-class, and they reference their social status by talking about the precarious nature of their financial stability. For example, the herring seller says:
“Come, sixpence a dozen, to get me some bread,
Or, like my...
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