Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
x Turn on thread page Beta

English Literature - Macbeth Controlled Assessment watch

    • Thread Starter

    Hello everyone.

    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?


    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.
Do I go to The Streets tomorrow night?
Useful resources

Study tools


Essay expert

Learn to write like a pro with our ultimate essay guide.

Thinking about uni already?

Thinking about uni already?

See where you can apply with our uni match tool

Student chat

Ask a question

Chat to other GCSE students and get your study questions answered.


Make study resources

Create all the resources you need to get the grades.


Create your own Study Plan

Organise all your homework and exams so you never miss another deadline.

Resources by subject

From flashcards to mind maps; there's everything you need for all of your GCSE subjects.


Find past papers

100s of GCSE past papers for all your subjects at your fingertips.

Help out other students

Can you help? Study help unanswered threads

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.