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Tennyson, Alfred. “The Works of Alfred Lord Tennyson.”The lady of Shallot. Wordsworth Editions; New edition edition (5
July 1994)

to a curse disallowing her to leave the tower or look out of the window,
Tennyson demonstrates the Lady of Shallot’s entrapment of which understandably
impinges her freedom. To add to this, The Lady of Shallot inhabits in an
isolated tower, in an isolated village town whereby if she were to seek freedom
she would still be alone and entering a derelict area. Within the poem, Tennyson
repeats the words ‘Camelot’1 (The Lady of Shallot, 1.5) And ‘Shallott'(The Lady of Shallot, 1.9)
almost on every fifth line to emphasise the isolation of the lady within her
remote tower in a remote town and draws comparisons between the two towns; one
where there is so much life, contrasting with Shallot; a town of silence and
loneliness where she is isolated from Camelot. The lady of Shallot further demonstrates her limited freedom
through her limited speech, Tennyson arguably attempts to give the impression
of being unworthy of describing her own life. Furthermore, when she is allowed
to speak she expresses her dismay with only being allowed to look out the
window, exclaiming to be ‘half sick of shadows'(The Lady of Shallot, 2.71)

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‘Lady of Shallot’ centres on the
entrapment of a lady due to a curse foreboding her to look out of the window.
Firstly, Tennyson portrays the lady as unscathed by the curse as she weaves her
tapestry happily, however, the happy impression changes throughout the poem, as
the lady desires to both look and be outside and thus demonstrating the feeling
of isolation. Consequently, Tennyson portrays how impingements on freedom,
resulting in both physical and mental entrapment, of which will always end
tragically. Tennyson demonstrates how the Lady of Shallot’s surroundings act as
an impingement, her curse acts as an impingement and the psychological
isolation physically and emotionally act as an impingement on her freedom.


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