Macbeth vs The Labatory
• This poem is written as a soliloquy meaning it's in first person and it's based upon their thoughts or thinking out
• In the poem, there are many Gothic qualities displayed
throughout such as Evil plots, deranged narrator, story of
a murder, sinister settings, madness and secrets.
• This can be compared to the play Macbeth as the first
scene is in a “desolate place” which sets the scene for
the dark circumstances to come.
• The rest of the play is about the ambition of two
humans, which leads to murder, insanity and evil. This is
also the same case in the Laboratory, as the narrator is
also plotting to murder to gain what she wants.
But the question is, what evidence shows us that this character is deranged? Exploring how disturbed characters are portrayed in Macbeth and The Laboratory First Stanza "These faint smokes curling whitely" This makes the act seem more pleasant. It also shows that she doesn't need to watch the process but she wants to be involved. "Trade in this devil'ssmithy" Meaning the Devil's work. Also, in the times at which this poem was written, God was extremely important and by being involved with the devil's work means that you are going against God so it is a severe act. This relates to Lady Macbeth because when committing the act of killing the King, she was going against God.
Also in Act 1 scene 5 of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth calls upon the spirits to fill her with cruelty. This first line is Dactyl, meaning that the rhythm stresses certain words and followed by a weak stress. The strong stress is on 'they' in the first line. This shows how the character despises the couple.
• This second line repeats 'laugh' and 'me'. Repetition can be seen as excitement, so the character is excited about committing the act. "Empty church, to pray God in, for them! -- I am here." This also refers back to religion because the character is tricking God with death....
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