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Compare the three dramatic monologues you have studied and comment on the way in which the characters reveal their true nature through what they say.

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Compare the three dramatic monologues you have studied and comment on the way in which the characters reveal their true nature through what they say. All three poems have something very similar in common, that is that all three of them are based around relationships and that each speaker reveals more than they intend too. In each of the poems there is a main speaker. In "Porphyria's Lover" the speaker is a male, in "My Last Duchess" the speaker is a male and in "The Cleaner" the speaker is a female. Each of the speakers talks about relationships in one way or another through the poem. All the poems are set in a different period, "Porphyria's Lover" was in the nineteenth century, "My Last Duchess" was in the fourteenth or fifteenth century and "The Cleaner" was in the twentieth century. The speaker in "Porphyria's Lover" is male. His character is conveyed by the words "sullen" and "vex". All these words show that the personality of the speaker is that he is quiet. He does not seem to have very good manners because when Porphyria enters the house her lover just sits there and lets her get on with it by lighting the fire, and she has to go to him when it should havebeen him meeting her from the front he door and bringing her into an already warm house. ...read more.

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From the line "But passion sometimes would prevail" the poem pivots because before this point she had been the active and dominating one and he had been very passive. Now he becomes dominating. He says "While I debated what to do", suggesting that she was in his hands and he was in control. Now he seems to be the quite possessive over her, "That moment she was mine, mine,fair", this shows how he wants her to be his forever. After his tone of voice changes, not too dramatic, he says "In one long yellow string I wound" "Three times her little throat around", "And strangled her", so he has now killed her for no reason and he is sure she felt no pain at all "I am quite sure she felt no pain". He does not think he has done anything wrong. "As a shut bud that holds a bee" suggests that when you open a bud with a bee in it, it will sting you, so he wants open her eyes to see what the expression in her eyes showed, it might be that she was in pain and angry or she was happy. He looked in them and thought that she was laughing, "Laughed the blue eyes without stain". Alliteration is used "Blushed bright beneath the burning kiss" this makes it jolly and not harsh. ...read more.

Conclusion

A girl" "can get hurt." She talks to the friends and gives them advice. "Twenty stubs in the ashtray", saying that they have been smoking. The last line "I can tell a lot from that", saying that they smoke in their rooms when they should not or they have had someone of the opposite sex round when they should not have. The speaker reveals that she is kind and caring but towards the end she spy's quite a lot on them. The poem is quite different from "Porphyria's Lover" and "My Last Duchess" because they involve killing. "The Cleaner" just talks about issues like smoking and sex. The structures of all the poems are different. The structure of "Porphyria's Lover" is ABAB, which is quite tight and formal. "My Last Duchess" is AABB, which has a strong rhyme. "The Cleaner" has no rhyme there are six four lined verses and one last line. In the end of each story something is revealed about each of the speakers. In "Porphyria's Lover" the lover is revealed to be a murderer, but the fact that he just killed her for no reason at all was horrible. In "My Last Duchess" the same again, the Duke is revealed to have got someone else to kill his wife, he killed his wife because he did not like the way she was. In "The Cleaner" the speaker is revealed to hate men and she thinks they are sly and only after one thing. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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