I'm redoing a controlled assessment that focuses around Macbeth and a few other texts. For the question, I have to compare the love and hatred presented in each text and I'm not quite sure where to go in terms of skills or content. I'm not 100% sure on how to properly compare the texts and I'm aiming for an A* in this assessment.
The texts I need to compare are: Macbeth (Act 1, Scene 5), Macbeth (Act 1, Scene 7), The Laboratory (Robert Browning), Havisham (Carol Ann Duffy) and Sonnet 130 (Shakespeare)
Can anyone give me any help/guidance?
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English Literature - Macbeth Controlled Assessment watch
- Thread Starter
- 08-11-2015 17:02
- 10-11-2015 15:47
Havisham's love and hatred themes are quite clear: In the beginning she refers to her ex lover as "beloved sweetheart *******". This is an oxymoron (contradictory) - one part says she loves him, the other says she hates him. Throughout the poem she displays signs of hatred ("not a day since then I haven't wished him dead" , "ropes on the back of my hands I could strangle with",) and signs of love ("dark green pebbles for eyes" - showing envy of the ex lovers new life, "beloved sweetheart"). Havisham hates all love because of what her ex lover did to her - making her hate herself.
Sonnet 130 is based on the protagonist showing their love for their mistress throughout portaying their imperfections. "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun, coral is far more red than her lips' red" "I love to hear her speak, yet well I know that music hath a more pleasing sound". The poet is telling the reader that I love this woman despite her imperfections, instead of romanticizing non-romantic features.
I hope this helps a bit.