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Study Questions

The Lady of Shalott Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Have you ever had a crush on someone who didn't know about it? Do you recognize any of the themes in this poem from your experience? Did you consider writing your name on a boat?
  2. Alright, we'll go way out on a limb here, but do you think the Lady's lonely magic mirror could be compared to our TVs and computers? Do you buy the argument that technology makes us more isolated?
  3. Do you think the ending of this poem is tragic? Is there another way to look at it? Is her death a kind of escape?
  4. Do you think there's a message or a moral here? Why write this particular poem about this particular story? Don't worry, we won't quiz you on it – just something to think about.
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