The Theme Of Jealousy In Medusa And The Laboratory

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In the poems, Medusa and The Laboratory, the theme of jealousy is explored through the actions of female characters who are jealous of their partner’s lovers. Both female characters choose revenge and violence as a way to retaliate and show their strength. In Medusa, the poetic speaker is shown to go through monstrous transformations, caused by jealousy, which motivates her strive for revenge. Duffy portrays jealousy as being transformative and will lead to self-loathing. In The Laboratory, the poetic speaker is shown to have an obsession with poison and killing her love-rivals. Browning shows jealousy as a powerful emotion which can lead to violent and dangerous actions. In Medusa, Duffy explores the theme of jealousy as being a very strong emotion which can be transformative and potentially dangerous through her depiction of a woman going through a painful transformation into the monstrous, mythological creature Medusa.
In the first stanza, the poetic speaker believes that jealousy has turned “the hairs on my head to filthy snakes”. The adjective “filthy” implies the speaker is repulsed by her transformation even though this was all caused by her jealousy. The noun “snakes” are commonly viewed as sly and deceptive. To the Greeks, snakes were associated with the Gorgons, who were vicious female monsters, whilst in Christianity, the
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The transformations that she undergoes is extraordinary. This poem shows how powerful and influential the emotion jealousy can be. Jealousy in The Laboratory is explored through the portrayal of a woman trying to acquire poison in order to kill her love-rivals. This poem shows how far people are willing to go because of their jealousy. Both poems explore jealousy from a woman’s perspective which suggest women are more likely to be impacted and therefore feel jealous or either men are more likely to cheat on their

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