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Linking section of the essay

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Fergie Ferg

on 22 October 2014

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Linking through theme
Firstly, the poem Havisham by Carol Anne Duffy and Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare explore similar themes. One of these themes is hate. We see clear examples of this across both texts, such as when Juliet says in act one scene five "My only love has sprung from my only hate" when she discovers Romeo is a Montague. Miss Havisham says "Not a day since then I haven't wished him dead" demonstrating her ongoing hatred for her ex fiancee.
However, the difference in how this theme is explored is that Juliet moves on from her family's hatred and marries Romeo. Whereas Miss Havisham holds onto her hate and allows herself to become increasingly bitter, "give me a male corpse for a long slow honeymoon".
Both these female characters' fates are determined by the men around them and their hatred; Juliet's romance is destroyed by the feuding of her family and the violent brawl between Tybalt, Romeo and Mercutio, and Miss Havisham's bitterness is perpetuated by the stigma of being a "Spinster" who has no place in society without a husband.
Examples from both texts,
Similarities and differences,
Explain which scene/stanza you are referring to.
Comparing and contrasting the use of language
In both A Woman To Her Lover by Christina Walsh, and Romeo and Juliet, the writers present the treatment of women through the use of metaphors.
In Romeo and Juliet, act one scene two, Juliet is described by her father as not yet "ripe"; here a metaphor is being used to suggest that Juliet is too young to marry, and in A Woman To Her Lover, Christina Walsh exclaims that she is not a "doll to dress and sit". Both these metaphors demonstrate the lack of control women had over their own lives in Elizabethan times and the eighteenth century; Juliet's future is being decided by her father and Christina Walsh is explaining what men expect of women.
The difference in these characters though is that Juliet cannot fight back and challenge the patriarchal order, whereas in A Woman To Her Lover, Christina Walsh is adamantly listing how she doesn't want to be treated. She is challenging what is expected of women.
All together...
Now it's your turn
Building blocks of a comparison paragraph
P - what are you comparing/contrasting?

E - quotes from the texts.

E - what are the similarities and differences?

L - link back to the question
Linking section of the essay
Quiet reading
Have homework ready to check.

P. There are several similarities between the texts I have studied. Both Havisham by Carol Anne Duffy, and Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, explore the theme of Marriage.
E - Quotes that demonstrate this theme include
"Shall happily make thee there a joyful bride"
(Lady Capulet act 3 scene 5)
"Hate behind a white veil"
First line, fourth stanza

E - Explain the similarities and differences of how
each text explores the theme of marriage.
In both texts, marriage is important to the central characters: Romeo and Juliet want to marry within days of meeting each other, and Miss Havisham is still thinking about her wedding years later. However, whereas Romeo and Juliet's marriage is associated with romance, the wedding in Havisham is thought of bitterly.
L - This shows the treatment of women
This shows us the treatment of women, because in the Victorian era, when Havisham is set, being jilted at the alter could drive you to being bitter, as unmarried women had little purpose. And Romeo and Juliet's wedding could appear romantic because they have chosen each other rather than Juliet being told who to marry, which was a custom of Elizabethan times.
P - Both A Woman To Your Lover By Christina Walsh and Romeo and Juliet use metaphors to demonstrate the treatment of women.

E -We see this from the quotes
"A Whining Mammet" (Lord Capulet: act 3
scene 5)
"I am no doll to dress and sit for feeble
(Second stanza)

E - Both these quotes show women being
described as inanimate objects however.....

L - This shows the treatment of women
because both women want to be more than
objects controlled by men.

There are similarities between the plot of Romeo and Juliet and the content of A Woman To Her Lover that demonstrate the treatment of women.

In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet has no choice in her marriage to Paris. Similarly, Christina Walsh describes men wanting to control women and tie them to housework and child bearing. However, whereas Juliet can do little to fight back against the patriarchal society, Christina Walsh is trying to challenge expectations.
Plot comparison
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