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The Lady of Shalott

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Cydne Belkosky

on 15 November 2013

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Transcript of The Lady of Shalott

The Lady of Shallot- Marxist Style
Marxist literary criticism is mainly focused on the oppression of the lower class by the upper class. This is mainly done through the distribution of wealth . The Lady of shallot when analyzed through a Marxist approach takes in a new meaning about oppression and society.

Marxist Criticism
Karl Marxs was a man
who believed that the poor were being oppressed by the rich the lady of shallot was the poor while Camelot represented the rich. but karl marx was a thief of the rich and his beard of secrets was really a beard full of lies

The lady of shallot
When we analyze the poem through a Marxist Lens we can see that the Lady of Shallot represents the poor and Camelot represents the rich.As we know Marxism is all about the distribution of wealth and power, and how are the poor being oppressed? The items that we previously gave meaning to have a quite different purpose once analyzed through a Marxist approach. The Mirror; previously we stated that the mirror was the artist lens. Meaning that it was her view of the world. Through a Marxist approach the mirror becomes the dreams of the oppressed. The poor may never look directly at Camelot, they will never acquire the same wealth as the rich or attend their parties. The mirror represents the stories of wealth that they hear and their dreams of acquiring such wealth. The tapestry; we thought that is was a work of art. We had thought that The lady suffered for her art and it was a thing of beauty. Yet it can also represent the enslavement of the poor. This is the fate of the oppressed. The poor are forced to be devoted to a life of all work and no play and the tapestry represents their work that they are forever bonded to.
When analyzed the lady of shallot is thought to be about a woman who is cursed on an island and ideas about what she represents are often related to the fate of the artist, or feminism due to her unlikely demise. Giving her self up for a mere glimpse of Lancelot. Making the man seem like the area of importance and her as the focus of least importance. The mirror representing her "artists lens" and her tapestry her work that she suffers a lonely life for. All though these all seem very relevant when analyzed through a Marxist approach we can see a very different meaning.
perhaps a deeper and more hidden meaning relevant to almost every Civilization since the founding of Marxism.
What do the symbols mean?
Well isn't it obvious by now ? if we already know that they mirror represents their longing for wealth and the tapestry(and curse) their prison of oppression. Then Lancelot must be the final straw a mere taste of wealth is what they are longing for and they attempt to break the curse to get it. In other words revolution! the poor revolt against the rich, but because of the distribution of wealth and power they are doomed to fail. That is the poor ladies death. We look at the lady of shallot as a victim of circumstance. She had done nothing wrong, yet was cursed to a terrible fate, and one shot at freedom led to her death. much like those who are born into oppression/poverty. Although they have committed no crime they are given no opportunity to succeed. Their fight for freedom ends in death and this is what the peom is about through a marxist perspective
Making Connections
So why is this relevant? What is the purpose in analyzing literature through this approach? The purpose is not only to analyze how this is relevant to a hypothetical society, but how is it relevant to the society that the reader

lives in. And what can they do about it. The literary approach is meant to be thought provoking. Mostly in the support of Marx's political ideology of communism. Where there is no class or state, therefore these problems would not be relevant.

INTO THE SOUL OF MARX aka Conclusion
Through the Marxist literary criticism approach we can see that the underlying theme in The Lady of Shallot is the oppresion of the poor Represented by The Lady, by the rich represented by Camelot. This is done to provoke thought while reading other literature and enjoying music art etc. This is also done to make the audience find relevance to modern societies and consider alternative forms of social structure. Were such injustice is not so prominent.
By Patrick, Justine,
Zach, Chris, and Cydne
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