Goblin Market : The Goblins are creatures that look like animals which have characteristics of fruit sellers at a farmer’s market . They invite people who are passing by, chanting “ come buy , come buy” welcoming them but also deceiving them to buy what they have telling them of all the wonderful fruits they have even though, most of these fruits are seasonal. Also, they have “voices of doves”even though they are animals like cats who are sly and sneaky creatures, rats which are dirty,smart,and slick; snails who are slow,lazy, and gross. And,wombats that dig deep holes creating problems for farmers. It seems as if, they like to watch the person who once ate the fruit suffer from not being able to hear or taste their fruits;because,from the beginning of line 242 where Lizzie said “O Laura, come, I hear the fruit call but I dare not look”, Laura realized why she had not heard the call,and I think if she had heard it, she would have gone to them instead of leaving with her sister. Down towards line 329, when Lizzie finally went to go look for them, they started laughing and snickering because, they believed she finally gave into the calling.
The way the Goblins advertised their fruits, they made it seem too good to be true. Most of the fruits that they mentioned were available, which I thought, it was like them saying “ We have it all, come try them out”. The chanting as well as using the voice of doves would be very soothing to someone who heard it, as it caused people like Laura and Jeanie to be persuaded just to try out the fruits, unbeknownst to them the danger that lies beneath. When something is advertised, the seller tries to catch the interest of buyers by telling them about the items, describing how it feels, how it works, what it can do, what other products can’t do, how it affects the environment or the bills and makes it look really appealing. Afterwards, a price is presented and possible solutions to pay for it are offered such as a credit or debit card, or an easy to pay method, or make it seem affordable to everyone else or something that might look like it doesn’t cost as much until the buyer suffers at the end.
I believe that Laura knew of the consequences; because, she heard of this happening before but went along with it with the mind set “ Oh this can’t happen to me “, because even though her sister warned her of Goblins, she took matters in her own hands to fulfill her desire to answer the call and eat their fruits. The lock of her golden hair represented her innocence which can be seen today as someone who is easily persuaded to give into the pressure of drugs or tricked by men to have sex with them to a point where once she’s used she is no longer worth as much to them as before. The characteristics of the animals all come into play at this point where they pretend to enjoy spending time with Laura which in truth is only to get what they wanted from her. They didn’t bother beckoning to her but, to Lizzie who still avoided them.
Lizzie saw that her sister was in pain and decided to help her not knowing what the Goblins would have done to her. It’s sort of like taking a drug and going through withdrawal symptoms that cause the body to shake and make the person feel as if they are going to die . I saw something like this in a movie called “ Shang Hai” where the only thing the guy could give to his girlfriend to prevent her from dying was something to satisfy her drug habit and to get her to stop shaking because he could not sit there and watch her in pain without it which was similar to how Lizzie felt for her sister. However,the Goblins didn’t want Lizzie to pay for the fruit with money or take it with her. I believe they wanted her innocence as well and she refused which caused them to try for it on her like the saying “You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink.” I think they got tired of trying to force her and thought that they could always trick the next person that came along their way.
People use many tactics to seduce girls using what they observe that these girls are interested in. They have it arranged in a way that the girl goes to them, opposed to chasing her down. Instead of being forceful,gentle words are used and kindness is shown making the girl feel as if she is on top of the world. They always ask for one small little thing that may seem priceless to the girl because, she probably doesn’t know any better until she realizes what has taken place. The Goblins used their abundant amount of fruits to lure women to them because probably where they live, fruits like this only exist certain times of year. The usage of “come buy, come buy” is sort of like an introduction of letting them know what they have to offer to the girls. To use this essay contact the Loveguru.