treatment of womenow does "lady of shalott" show the victorians treatment of women?

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You might like to consider how the Lady of Shalott presents us with a very idealised depiction of a woman. The Lady of Shalott is beautiful and locked away from the world and is not able to cope with reality, only being able to look at the world through a mirror and seeing its reflection. Is there a sense in which this poem therefore presents women as bystanders in the world rather than actual actors who can participate and make a difference?

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This poem could be interpreted in a couple of ways. First, the woman is locked away from the world. Second, she can't look out directly. This demonstrates how society tells women how to think. When she escapes, or stops following society's convention, she is destroyed.
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