The lady of shallott.

Essay by superier1Junior High, 7th gradeA, November 2003

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In the poem the lady of Shallott, Tennyson uses themes, characterization, imagery, repetition and background information to illustrate the lady of Shallott's feelings throughout the poem.

Tennyson uses the legend of king Arthur and his bold and daring knights as his source to show the lady of Shallott's feelings. Tennyson has highlighted the character of Sir Lancelot in his poem; Sir Lancelot is strongly linked with the legend of king Arthur, not only was he the head knight of the round table- which consisted of twelve brave and devoted knights, but he also had an affair with the king's wife; Queen Guinevere.

In the poem Sir Lancelot is described as a brave and courageous knight.

"He rode between the barley-sheaves, the sun came dazzling thro' the leaves, and flamed upon the brazen greaves, of bold Sir Lancelot.

The themes of romance and sorrow are used to express the lady of Shallott's true feelings throughout the poem.

Tennyson makes you feel sympathy towards the lady of Shallott because she is a lonely woman who is imprisoned and cursed. He achieves this with the use of imagery.

The theme of romance is strongly associated with sir Lancelot because he is described as a knight in shining Armour. Jealousy is also linked with this because the lady of Shallott is jealous of lovers since she has no knight in shining Armour for herself. 'Or when the moon was overhead, came two young lovers lately wed; I am half sick of shadows, said the lady of shallott.'

The theme of sorrow can clearly be seen throughout most of this poem and is often or always associated with the lady of shallott. This is because she is a poor and feeble woman.

Tennyson uses imagery to emphasize the lady of...