(855) 4-ESSAYS

Type a new keyword(s) and press Enter to search

The Lady of Shalott

            In Alfred Lord Tennyson's The Lady of Shalott, Tennyson writes about a woman bound to her room by an unspoken spell possibly cast upon her. Howard Pyle, an American illustrator and author, created a picture depicting the Lady of Shalott in her room in which she resided. In Pyle's illustration, a connection between the Lady and the outside world she cannot directly see is demonstrated through Pyle's great detail that he creates from the words of Tennyson. Pyle's great detail in his painting brings forth the Lady's longing for the outside world, the incredibly long time she had been trapped in her tower, the personal freedom she adapts to with the breaking of the mirror and the unexpected reality of the freedom the Lady will receive in the end.
             Tennyson describes some details of the Lady's situation and the contents in her room, such as her seemingly magical tapestry and the images woven into the tapestry that can lead to an understanding to the Lady's fascination with the outside world she is not allowed to see. "There she weaves by night and day/A magic web with colours gay" (Tennyson 37-38), these lines in the Lady of Shalott describe the Lady weaving some type of colorful tapestry, possibly magical in detail or skill. Reading further into the poem, Tennyson includes "She has heard a whisper say,/A curse is on her if she stay/To look down to Camelot"(39-41), by reading these three lines, it is determined that the Lady believes she may have a curse upon her by a whispering source. The Lady knows not what this curse may be but she cannot look down upon Camelot, or else she may obstruct the assumed curse upon her. Further more, Tennyson writes "And moving thro' a mirror clear/That hangs before her all the year,/Shadows of the world appear"(46-18), with this given information it is understood that the Lady possesses a mirror from which she can indirectly look upon the world outside of her tower.

Essays Related to The Lady of Shalott

Got a writing question? Ask our professional writer!
Submit My Question