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Write about and compare the jealous Duke in Browning's 'My Last Duchess' and the female killer in 'The Laboratory'. Then compare 'Education for Leisure' by Carol Ann Duffy with Armitage's 'Hitcher'

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Write about and compare the jealous Duke in Browning's 'My Last Duchess' and the female killer in 'The Laboratory'. Then compare 'Education for Leisure' by Carol Ann Duffy with Armitage's 'Hitcher' Browning's poems 'My Last Duchess' and 'The Laboratory' both deal with jealous killers. I will examine the characters in both of these poems and note the similarities and differences between them. Duffy's 'Education for Leisure' and Armitage's 'Hitcher' both have people who are driven to kill because of boredom. I will also look closely at both of these poems and compare them. This makes and assumption that Fr� Pandolf compliments "called that spot of joy". He is irritated about the fact the she is pleases with everything that "She had a heart - how shall I say? - too soon made glad, too easily impressed." He disapproves of how she ranked everything equally, "Sir 'twas all one! My favour at her breast, the dropping of daylight in the west, the bough of cherries some officious fool broke in the orchard for her, the white mule she rode with around the terrace." ...read more.

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She is thrilled with the idea of Pauline's limbs falling off. She had hoped that here stare would make Pauline fall and die, Both poems are similar as there is an element of jealousy within the killers. The duke of Ferrara is jealous that his wife is more attentive to other men, and the woman in 'The Laboratory' is jealous of her lover's mistress. Both of the characters in the poems are driven to kill because of their jealousy, it is because of their partners they are led to commit a murder. The duke is angry that his wife does not value his nine-hundred-year-old family name, and then jealous woman is enraged that her husband is with another woman. However, in 'My Last Duchess' the predation of murder is not apparent. We cannot recognize if the duke was responsible for her death, "This grew; I gave commands; then all smiles stopped together." This doesn't directly tell the reader that he killed her although it is an implication that he ordered her to be killed. ...read more.

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Perhaps if he/she was not cut off from the radio he/she might not have taken the knife with the intention of killing someone. However the killer had such a short attention span so he/she would have inevitably gone out to kill just as soon as he/she got bored or restless. Both of these poems are similar as they both are voices from the first person. The killers in both of the poems appear to kill out of boredom. They just select their victims and once they have committed the murder they feel no remorse. Neither of them have any particular hate for the victims, to them it does not matter who they kill. They have their own ways of killing. The man in 'Hitcher' beats the victim, "Once with the head- then six times with the krooklok". The killer gives the victims an instant death. All four killers have the power to kill, this is what motivates them to do the murder. The first two killers in 'My Last Duchess' and 'The Laboratory' kill because of their jealousy, while the murderers in 'Education for Leisure' and 'hither' commit murder out of boredom. Hafsa Farhana 10s ...read more.

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