Comparing Love and Hate in the Poems, Havisham and The Laboratory

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The world’s two most influential things have done nothing but caused conflicts throughout the years from Helen of troy right down to the Nazi war machines occupations of Europe, no I’m not talking about hay-wire dictators or powerful armies I’m talking about love and hate. Not only do these emotions help to make our lives a lot more interesting but both can sometimes cause pain in a mental state as well as an emotional or physical one. Both of these emotions are extremely interesting as one can turn into another quite easily. Love for example can easily be transformed into hate by being unrequited, changes like this are traditionally known as alchemy which is a major theme in both poems. Although the alchemy in “The …show more content…
Also this line brings up a new theme shared with both of the poems that looks can be deceiving, although “Havisham” is praying it does not necessarily mean she is praying for something morally decent like prayer is generally used for and has prayed for the death of her lost lover. In “The Laboratory” the alchemy theme is in plain view of the reader because the main character is in a laboratory buying poison to kill her unfaithful husband and/or possibly his mistress but the one main theme that sticks out is that looks can be deceiving, this is mostly evident in most of this poem but in one place in particular is in verse one line one where it says “these faint smokes curling whitely” , we don’t associate faint smoke as any kind of danger as we would if it was thick black smoke which we naturally expect would be the residue of a harsh burning fire but this smoke must be harmful otherwise she would not take the precautions she has taken if it was not . Also because the smoke is white it is normally associated with innocents and purity like what a wedding dress is normally associated with but this purity could mean that this poison is far from innocent and could also be seen as another part of the theme that looks can be deceiving meaning that it is pure enough to cause death at the slightest drop and is so pure it does

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