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Why Characters In A Variety Of Poems Need Violence

2065 words - 8 pages

In this essay I’m going to be comparing and contrasting a range of poems which are ‘Havisham’, ‘Salome’, ‘The Laboratory’, ‘Stealing’ by Carol Ann Duffy, ‘On My First Sonne’ by Ben Johnson and ‘November’ and ‘Hitcher’ by Simon Armitage.
I am going to discuss and explore the reasons for these characters needs of violence, anger and death towards themselves and individuals.

The characters in ‘Havisham’, ‘Salome’ and ‘laboratory’ are all women which have preoccupation with revenge, hate and jealousy.

Duffy presents her poem ‘Havisham’ about an embittered old woman where time has stood still for her because she was jilted on the alter by her ex-fiancé and can’t accept the fact of the state she’s in and now is alone and weeps in her self-pity. Likewise she presents ‘The Laboratory’ about a psychopathic woman whose got the tension or means of killing another woman to get her revenge.

The imagery used in ‘Havisham’ reviews to us of this vigorous, violent and unbridled theme between these poems. ‘I’ve dark green pebbles for eyes’, this metaphor indicates to us that this character is composed or hardened away into this hopeless and livid state.
The more she’s compelled to this state, she reminds herself of the wedding day so the more violent and embittered she becomes as she says, ‘I stab at the wedding cake’.
Likewise in ‘Salome’ she is revelled into her uncontrolled, baric state due to her ‘booze and the fags and the sex. Also ‘Head on a platter’ which portrays to us these murderous, homicidal actions and intentions ‘Salome’ is really capable of committing.
This is similar to ‘The Laboratory’ because this resentful, envious woman somehow conceals her sinister planned intentions and goals which she is capable of accomplishing, ‘let death be felt’.
Nevertheless the difference of ‘Havisham’ to the other poems is that she has hate and extreme dislike for her ex-fiancé but doesn’t actually achieve anything because of her old age ’ropes on the back of my hands’ which suggests old, wrinkly with veins and her expression of grief ‘b-b-b-breaks which suggests breakdown, whereas in the ‘The Laboratory’ the character does also have hatred and envy but is keen on carrying out her intended procedures of poisoning her victim ‘poison to poison her’, this has socio-historic links to the 1800s because many people used poison to kill their victims. However though ‘Salome’ is in an appalling state she somehow manages to carry out her beheadings.

The language used in these poems is used to exaggerate the characters and make an effect. The alliterations are used well in both ‘Havisham’ and ‘The Laboratory’ because in ‘Havisham she ends the poem by saying ‘b-b-b-breaks’, this suggests the character is about to breakdown or cry. ‘Moisten and mash up thy paste, pound at thy powder’, this is another example of alliteration in ‘The Laboratory’ and this detects to us the woman’s violent, anger and rage. Similar to ‘the beater or biter’ in ‘Salome’ suggests she...

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