Havisham by Carol Ann Duffy Essay

1257 WordsOct 25, 20116 Pages
In Havisham, Carol Ann Duffy creates an interesting character. Write about the way the character is created, and compare this with the way other characters are created in three other poems. You should compare it with one poem by Simon Armitage and two poems from the pre-1912 poetry bank. In Havisham, Carol Ann Duffy explores the character of Mrs Havisham and develops her by using vivid imagery and metaphors. She starts the poem with ‘Beloved sweetheart bastard’ which is an oxymoron, used to display her mixed emotions about love and the man who jilted her. The plosive sounds of b and d reinforce her angry tone and helps show how she mocks romance. She is displayed as a bitter, hateful character who seeks revenge, shown with ‘not a…show more content…
‘Havisham ‘ and ‘The Laboratory’ link not only because of their sinister characters but because both poems have a strong use of colours. In ‘Havisham’ colours are used to create a contrast between a ‘white veil’ which is the colour of virginity and purity, and ‘a red balloon’ which can be the colour of love and sex but also for anger, hatred and embarrassment. Duffy uses this as a way to explore all the feelings and emotions of the character and could be interpreted as Duffy trying to make the audience have sympathy for Mrs Havisham. ‘The Laboratory’ uses colours to create a superficial character who doesn’t see the poison as dangerous or deadly, but as some sort of treasure. She refers to ‘gold oozings’ and ‘the exquisite blue’ as if to think of them as magical potions and not poisons. This is done to create an almost naivety to her character and suggests that she doesn’t understand how dangerous her actions are. ‘The Laboratory’ is set out in rhyming couplets to create a playful rhythm to show the character’s childish behaviour, and how she may not be fully aware of her dangerous her actions are. As the poem starts, the speaker mentions only one woman who she wishes to poison. Yet as the poem continues, she mentions other women who
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