Emotion and Poem

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Explore the way writers present strong feelings to interest the reader.

In the poem The Laboratory, written in 17th century by Robert Browning, there are many references to strong emotions that are felt. Robert Browning wrote this poem as a dramatic monologue. The main feelings throughout the poem are pain, jealousy, anger, hatred and loneliness. These themes are in each of the text, the Laboratory and Macbeth. Although both texts are written in different forms of literature - Shakespeare's "Macbeth” is in the form of a play and "The Laboratory" being in the form of a poem both texts create powerful imagery and through use of language evokes strong emotions from the audience.

At first it is strange to see a lady in a chemist’s laboratory. The lady describes the ‘smoke curling whitely’ and calls the place a ‘devil’s smithy’. By relating this to the devil she clearly conveys the feeling she is in a place of evil. This is similar when Lady Macbeth receives her letter. She asks ‘come spirits…hie thee wither’. In doing so she reveals she too is evil in her intentions. However, by the end of the play, our view of her is changed whereas the other woman remains completely evil.

In the play Macbeth Lady Macbeth begins to recognise that she is weak, ‘unsex me here’. This shows that she wants to be a man so she has more power; she knows that she isn’t strong enough. At the era this play was made women were classed as inferior and they believed that they were too. By asking to be unsexed she wants to get away all the emotions that she knows will prevent her from carrying out the murder of Duncan. This could also show that she what she is about to do is wrong so she is asking to be filled with evil. Whereas the alliteration ‘Brand, burn up, bite’ helps the reader understand her emotions as it makes her tone sound angry and bitter which is contrasting compared to lady Macbeth that wants to be emotionless. The words also remind us how she feels about being the person...
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