Through studying the ‘numerous aspects of power’, a richer perspective on what exactly power is, and how it can be represented can be obtained. Through the study of 17th century poet; Christina Rossetti’s; Goblin Market, the BBC’s 1996 adaption of Charlotte Bronte’s much loved classic- Jane Eyre, and the novel; The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett; this fuller understanding of the concept of power has been acquired. These texts allow for an examination of the power of love in order to heal someone or something, and consequentially, the effect of this.
Christina Rossetti’s poem; The Goblin Market; looks at how the power of love can influence one’s decisions, and through this idea, how the power of love can heal or save another. Due to the temptation and desire created by the goblin men in the poem; and consequentially, Laura’s surrender to temptation; the power of love to heal shines through in the form of familial love. This is conveyed through Laura’s sister-Lizzie’s actions, such as when she confronts the goblin men, with motive only to save her sister. In stanza 27 of the poem, Rossetti “One may lead a horse to water. Twenty cannot make him drink”. Through this quote, Rossetti conveys the power love through Lizzie’s actions-resisting the temptation inflicted by the goblin men- and by means of an aphorism. This technique not only helps to convey the view Rossetti is trying to express through the written word, but exemplifies its effect. Thus showing, when an aspect of power, such as familial love to save another, is examined alongside text such as The Goblin Market, an interesting insight into one of the ‘numerous’ aspects is revealed.
The BBC’s 1996 production of Charlotte Bronte’s classic: Jane Eyre, provides and remarkable insight into the idea that love forms such a strong bond between two people, that it has the power to save the other. Due to the complex storyline of Jane Eyre, there are numerous aspects o power to be interpreted, however; the...