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Compare and Contrast Robert Browning's Dramatic Monologues,

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Compare and Contrast Robert Browning's Dramatic Monologues, "My Last Duchess" and "The Laboratory". Robert Browning was a Victorian poet who lived from 1812-1889. He mainly wrote dramatic monologues, this means you must have a speaker and a listener. Both "My Last Duchess" and "The Laboratory" were published in 1845. "My Last Duchess" was set in the Italian Renaissance and during that time to own large life size painting was a show of wealth. "My Last Duchess" was written in a time when women were to hold their husbands and everything that he did with the maximum respect and show little or no emotion towards anyone else. "My Last Duchess" is evidence that times were changing socially towards women. ...read more.

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On the other hand in "The Laboratory you do find out about the title and not about the speaker. "My Last Duchess" is written as a story with one stanza, doing this 'The Duke' does not expect to be interrupted. While "The Laboratory" has twelve stanzas, these are used to portray the speaker's intension to kill the other women and to build up to the murder. Rhyming couplets are used in both monologues, they both also have iambic pentameter which means in each line there is five stressed syllables and five unstressed syllables. Robert Browning has also made a point of using enjambment which means each line carries onto the next line. ...read more.

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The language in both monologues is written with historical terms and has used alliteration which gives you the felling the action really is happening, In "The Laboratory" has rhyming alliteration e.g. "Pound thy Paste" this gives the feeling they are really making the poison. "The Laboratory" is different as it repeats things to emphasize more important details. "My Last Duchess" also use alliteration to give you the feeling the 'Duke' had control over the 'Duchess', e.g. But to myself they turned (since none puts by the curtain I have drawn for you, but I). In conclusion both monologues are written in the same way. They both use to good affect rhyming couplets; alliteration; enjambment and both have a silent listener. Both monologues have the speaker wanting to offload their guilt. ?? ?? ?? ?? Gareth Holvey 10P ...read more.

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