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Comparing the Lit poems

Exploration of the disturbing character in 'Stealing' in preaparation for comparing with Hitcher, Havisham et al.

Joe Johnson

on 9 March 2011

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Transcript of Comparing the Lit poems

Structuring an answer I will be comparing the disturbed character whose voice we hear in Simon Armitage's 'Hitcher' with Carol Anne Duffy's deviant character from 'Stealing' while commenting on how these characters compare and contrast with Robert Browning's creations in his poems 'The Laboratory' and 'My Last Duchess'. Furthermore, I will explore the different ways these characters' voices are presented to us by the respective poets. In Hitcher, Simon Armitage Writes about a deviant or disturbed character. Compare Hitcher with one poem by Duffy and two pre-1914 poems that present deviant or disturbed personalities.
The character whose voice we hear in 'Stealing' is not as disturbed as the speaker in 'Hitcher'. It could be argued that Duffy's character is so 'distubed' that he or she chooses to steal a snowman admiting that
"Part of the thrill was knowing that children would cry in the morning."
This quotation suggests the character is intentionally cruel towards children in the same way Armitage's character is violent towards the hitcher but the fact that the speaker later concedes, having mindlessly destroyed the snowman, that "it seems daft now" is significant. This remorse reveals to us the contrast between the character Duffy portrays and those in Armitage and Browning's poems where the characters are disturbed and devious throughout. Structure and Subject modelling Quote/ Example Link back to question The dramatic monolgue in 'Hitcher' is different from the other three. Because the characters in Duffy and Browning's poems appear to be talking to another person we can almost understand their deviant behaviour. The poet presents their character trying to impress someone. What is so disturbing about Armitage's creation is that he appears to be addressing the reader directly as if in a confession. During this 'confession' he seems to show no remorse for the violence he or she has committed. Consequently it is easier to relate to the character in 'Stealing' as he or she seems to be a delinquent youth who, having learnt the folly of their way, is explaining why crime used to be like a hobby for them. Browning's poems also have a more sinister devious tone. Both poems are about characters who we realise are murderers. The Duke in 'My Last Duchess' is effectively admitting to have committed murder while the female voice in 'The Laboratory' is in the process of plotting one. How to write a conclusion Writing an intro Re-order the question but with your own thoughts on it to show the examiner you are focused on answering the question. TASK: Can you find the keywords from my intro that show I am answering the question? Topic sentence
Link (to another poem)
(Effect on the reader)
(Link back to question) What is a topic sentence? It shows the person reading what this paragraph is going to be about. How to set out a paragraph Start with a topic sentente Sum up your main argument again. Express what your personal response to the poems is with reference to the question.
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