• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Compare and Contrast Robert Browning(TM)s The Laboratory and Carol Ann Duffy(TM)s Havisham.

Extracts from this document...


Compare and Contrast Robert Browning's "The Laboratory" and Carol Ann Duffy's "Havisham". "The Laboratory" by Robert Browning and "Havisham" by Carol Ann Duffy are two poems which are representations of a woman's revenge and fury that takes place when angered by a male. It is a guide to what havoc a woman's wrath can cause just to get her revenge back. We also come to realise as to what length a woman can go and the malicious capacities she displays out of revenge. It shows that the actions of a man can turn the character of a woman from a calm, loving individual into that of a ferocious, almost wicked one. This is coined in a famous phrase "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned". In Carol Ann Duffy's poem we see how outraged she is, as in the title of the poem she only mentions "Havisham" without specifying that she is "Miss Havisham" resenting the fact that she has been rejected by her lover. In heart breaking desperation she curses "Not a day since then I haven't wished him dead". Bitter resentment brought even a change in her life as the verse clearly shows: "Whole days in bed cawing..." ...read more.


Her old age could also explain why she has such a passive personality. We see that she is very frustrated as she uses inappropriate language in the oxymoronic phrase "Beloved sweetheart bastard." This shows more resentment and hatred to the husband. While in Robert Browning's poem we see that the woman is very aware of her beauty and she says "She's not little, no minion like me!" This may suggest that her rival is larger, therefore unattractive. Since we know that she is younger and more energetic, it could be why she is deciding to use physical force. These two women feel pretty much the same about the men who disturbed them however, we see that in "Havisham" the woman detests all males, whilst in Robert Browning's poem we see that the woman wants another chance with the husband as she says on the last line "Ere I know it --- next moment I dance at the King's". Both women have very low self esteem as they cannot take it that they have been left and the man has departed. They cannot accept their own fate and this has made them very weak and they cannot keep control of their own lives. ...read more.


In these poems a lot of gothic literature is used throughout to emphasize on the severity and longing of a male partner. It explores madness and isolation and is set in very old houses which fit the scene of horror and evil. The poem contains many supernatural and decay in them and vivid description of death and mysterious things. Both women act in an uncivilised manner such as the phrase "the dress yellowing" which could mean that she does not change them and urinates in them. This also makes her seem like an animal. In "The Laboratory" we see that the woman goes to a secret dark place to an alchemist for making her poison. This is all associated with gothic literature. Both poems carry very similar meanings and are expressed in different ways and the supposed audience is for people who treat women as possessions and does not recognise them as a favour. Both women have reacted in very different manners but carry a same important meaning. It reinforces the fact that women may cause ultimate harm if provoked and make men more aware of them. The women are similar because they have experience the same thing, they are just reacting in different ways to each other. Which way is more efficient is another question. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Comparing poems section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Comparing poems essays

  1. Compare and Contrast the way the poets(TM) present the relationship between men and women ...

    King uses a lot of euphemisms throughout the poem. "For he himself had other Game in view:" This shows how men used to treat women as he referred to her as "game" by using the word 'game' it shows status of which the male is higher that the female.

  2. Compare and contrast Charge of The Light Brigade(TM) and Dulce et Decorum Est(TM)

    The third stanza contains three lines, which convey a sense of urgency and intenseness. "Cannon to the right of them Cannon to the left of them Cannon in front of them" One can imagine the tense atmosphere as they sat in between these cannons as helpless targets.

  1. War Photographer by Carol Ann Duffy

    There is almost something sacred about this kind of work as references to 'Church', 'Mass' and 'Priest' are made. This image is also appropriate because, like a priest, he teaches and emphasises how fragile and short life is. Duffy also tries to make it clear that these wars are happening

  2. Essay to compare and contrast He Loved Light, Freedom and Animals and Pneuomconiosis

    In the second verse, the man continues telling us about the disease he suffers from and points out the fact that he accepts it and he bravely admits he will die with it. The poet cleverly uses the line "it's had forty years in me now" which follows the line "I had thirty years in it".

  1. Comparing stealing and the laboratory

    different ways, firstly I think sneering and aggressive because it sounds as if the writer is annoyed at ordinary people who cannot understand. Secondly, I feel as if the poem creates a sad and lonely atmosphere almost as if the boy is asking for help or attention.

  2. Compare & Contrast "Mid Term break" by Seamus Heaney & "Treasure in the Heart" ...

    The way he describes the drive home in general give you a chill down your spine after all he says is: "The neighbours" He makes the whole experience feel very in-personal & foreign as if he was being taken home by some complete stranger like a police officer after doing something horrific.

  1. Discuss the Reasons Browning(TM)s Characters Have for Murdering Their Victims

    Another important factor in Browning's poetry is irony. Irony is used a lot in My Last Duchess for example, at a glance you might think that the Duke is looking at a picture of his deceased wife on the wall and mourning her beauty and playful personality.

  2. Comparison of the Laboratory and Industrial ProcessesGNVQ Intermediate Science When going through ...

    Ph sensors consist of a standard electrode capable of measuring the full to 0 to 14 Ph range. The Ph sensor is is there to identify and maintain the neutral level of the solution. And this is why industry uses it.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work