How are strong feelings of murder presented in Robert Browning’s ‘The Laboratory’ and Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’?
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When we compare the works of Shakespeare's ‘Macbeth’ and Robert Browning’s ‘The Laboratory’ the audience will find many similarities between the strong feelings towards the act of murder which are evident. Although both texts are written in different forms of literature - Shakespeare's ‘Macbeth’ being in the form of a play and ‘The Laboratory’ being in the form of a poetic monologue - both texts use powerful imagery and language carefully to evoke strong perceptions from the audience. Macbeth is a tragedy by William Shakespeare about a man who commits regicide so as to become king and then commits further murders to maintain his power. The play clearly demonstrates the corrupting effect of ambition, but also deals with the relationship…show more content… The woman uses these words to describe her desire because they are describing valuable and exotic things which many typical Victorian females would find desirable. The sibilance in ‘tastes sweetly’ also helps to show her desire as it sounds quite sinister as though she is speaking through her teeth, showing a very strong desire to rid her of her rival . she plans the murder – she lists a number of items to sneak in the poison and she imagines how the woman will drink it and die. ”To carry pure death in an earring, a casket, a signet, a fan-mount, a filligree-basket!” .Her plan increases her desire to kill because she really believes that she will get away with it she says “Soon, at the King's”, this supports the idea that she believes she can get away with it but also that she has killed be for and she might not be bothered if she is caught or not.
Another strong emotion that is clear in both ‘Macbeth’ and ‘The Laboratory’ is that of paranoia. Both Macbeth and the female protagonist are paranoid; Macbeth becomes paranoid after he kills King Duncan and as a result of his paranoia he kills his closest friend Banquo, whereas the woman, on the other hand, is paranoid before she kills as she focuses on the idea that her lover and his mistress are laughing at her “…laugh, laugh at me”. The repetition of ‘laugh’ gives the sense that she may be going insane, also it could suggest that she may just be acting in