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Compare how death or the threat of death is presented in the poems you have studied

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Compare how death or the threat of death is presented in the poems you have studied? Death or threat of death is an element which is present in the poems The Laboratory, Havisham, Hitcher and My Last duchess and is used to present the characters feelings, characters personality and relationships. This element of poetry can be presented in different way and I will be looking at the different ways that they are presented. Revenge is one way that can be argued of how the threat of death is presented in the poems The Laboratory and Havisham. Similarly the speaker in Havisham and The laboratory are both psychotic character which are both out to kill somebody which has hurt their feelings. In the laboratory browning uses the following rhetorical question to show that the speaker is looking to revenge somebody by killing them "which is the poison to poison her, prithee?". This could be seen to present the threat of death as this suggests that the speaker is out to kill somebody as she is carefully selecting what poison to poison her with, also giving the idea that speaker is serious ...read more.

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Jealousy is another way which death or threat of death can be seen to be presented in the poems the laboratory and my last duchess. Similarly both speakers are both jealous of somebody they love but are jealous because of different reasons. In my last duchess the metaphor "her looks went everywhere" suggests the duke is jealous of his wife because he doesn't have control over her. This presents death as this could be suggesting that the duke is angry that he didn't have control over who looked at his duchess and he killed her as he didn't have control over her. It is also suggested that he killed her when browning has the duke says "That's my last duchess painted on the wall, looking as if she were alive" as it sounds as if he is finds the death of his last duchess funny because "looking as if she were alive" gives the impression that she no longer looks the same when she died as she was murdered. However the laboratory presents jealousy in a different way to my last duchess. ...read more.

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Similarly in Havisham the speaker is angry at somebody and Duffy presents the threat of death through her anger. "White veil; a red balloon bursting" presents the idea of anger because red is colour which symbolises anger which contrasts the colour of the white veil as white symbolises happiness and the speaker has just has had her happiness burst making her angry therefore making her a threat of death to her boyfriend that left her at the altar. The threat of death through anger could also be presented through the metaphor "Don't think it's just the heart that b-b-b-breaks" suggests that the speaker has had her heart broken literacy as part of her of her has died inside therefore making her angry as part of herself as died. Anger is presented for similar and different reasons but is presented by different techniques in each poem. Death or the threat of death is used in the poems to present the speakers feelings which could be jealousy, anger or revenge. These feelings present death or the threat in similar ways yet in each poem yet the writers use different techniques to create these feelings that suggests death which gives us different ideas about each character. ...read more.

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