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What do you find distinctive about Duffy's use of dramatic monologue?

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What do you find distinctive about Duffy's use of dramatic monologue? A Dramatic Monologue is describes as a literary, usually verse composition in which a speaker reveals his or her character, often in relation to a critical situation or event, in a monologue addressed to the reader or to a presumed listener. This incorporates the event being described and revealed through the character they write about as a past time even in there own life. Carol Ann Duffy uses the power of free speech and protest to convey her message by using Dramatic Monologues. These monologues draw attention to the social historical facts of male supremacy that existed as she wrote a selection of her male dominating poems in Britain in 1985-1987 entitled "Standing female nude" and "selling Manhattan". Duffy's collection "Standing female nude includes an explicitly male domineering poems. It is "Standing female nude". This poem becomes distinctive as it includes the monologues of two voices, the women and the artists, as oppose to the common form of just one voice. Although both revealed to be in the same social class in stanza three as the women says that they are "Both poor" and "we make our living how we can" the male is still the dominating character over her. The opinions are shown shared by the use of enjambment as the sentence "his name is George" crosses over stanzas between monologues. ...read more.


She says "...and bumped into an anxious, dowdy matron who touched the cold mirror" An example of loss of self respect, image, dignity and confidence as she doesn't recognise her own reflection and isn't even intrigued by what she has become just stares and apologises. Her repetition apology of "I'm sorry sorry sorry" emphasis the nature of regret of the poem. The tone of the piece is empathy and gains the sympathy of the reader to feel for her sadness and self pity she wallows in at times. "Recognition" can be compared to "Standing female nude" in that it discusses the same situation of male dominance and lack of appreciation for females. In recognition we see this in "He gets upset. I tried to do all the essentials on one trip. Foolish, yes" The above shows her own self pitying demise as the male is angered at her incompetence that is only due to the fact that he placing the "essentials" all on her and taking no responsibility in the relationship. Shows that she may not be with him for love but "through habit" and the love like "proof has evaporated" being the foundations of there relationships. This reveals her only connection to him being survival that the male is the bread winner and essential for the women. ...read more.


To conclude Duffy's chief objectives in the poems preceding is to convey her massage of Male dominance and female submission as a reaction to it. This is depicted as a loss of recognition and self belief. This can also be a separate theme all together as we see the male in Psychopath to be at a loss when it comes to self acknowledgment. But the fact that the only male Duffy appears to be showing is the psychopath to lose there identity causes much debate. This causes Duffy's views to be appreciated in that all the others who have no identity are women who have little or no self confidence and portrayed as submissive contrasted to normal men, who generally are the self confident believers. Duffy's views are seen that it takes a warped psychopath to be an exception to the rule, putting women and the psychopath on the same level socially. This comparison between the psychopath and women reflects her protest against sexism and the demoralisation and derogatory views of women that existed in 1980's Britain when she wrote the poems, "Standing female nude", "recognition" and "Psychopath". Duffy utilizes dramatic monologues that are compared above to convey the meaning of her verse to the audience in protest. Protest against these views of 1980's Britain to reflect the true Spirit of Duffy's protest against the dominance of Males and female suppression. Paul Cocks ...read more.

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