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With close reference to the language, compare the presentation of the character of the three speakers in the three dramatic dialogues by Robert Browning.

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With close reference to the language, compare the presentation of the character of the three speakers in the three dramatic dialogues by Robert Browning. The three speakers in the three Robert Browning poems: The Laboratory, Pophyria's Lover and My Last Duchess, all have a similar event in common. Each has themselves committed a murder, is planning to commit a murder or possibly hired someone else to commit the murder, all in the name of love, possession and jealousy. In the three poems, the speakers reveal a lot about their characters. In all three, we can detect various similarities in the characters of each speaker. The most obvious observation is that all three speakers appear to be very paranoid of their lover, ex-lover or lover to be. In The Laboratory, the Lady, as well as being very paranoid: "What a drop! She's no mignon like me!" Suggesting that she is scared by the fact that the amount of poison being made will not totally kill Pauline as she is apparently quite generously weighted and so needs a larger amount of poison to be killed than the speaker does being far smaller. The Lady is also quite flirty when speaking with the old man when the poison is completed, suggesting to him that he may kiss her. ...read more.

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prepared to kill Pauline to get her way and have the man that she wants: He is with her, and they know that I know Where they are, what they do." Porphyria's Lover also deals with these two issues but in a slightly different way. Porhyria is already the speaker's lover but is drawn between her family and him and has to make a decision. The speaker knows that Porphyria is almost entirely his but to make her stay with her forever he must kill her and that he does. The aspect of jealousy creeps in where Porphyria is divided between her family and the speaker. The speaker is jealous of the grasp that they have over Pophyria and wants them to let go so that she can be all his: "And giver herself to me forever. But passion sometimes would not prevail, Nor could tonight's gay feast restrain." Here, Pophyria is not strong enough to give herself from her family and had to escape a feast from where she came to be specially with him. Similarly, again, My Last Duchess also tackles the same two concerns of the speaker, possessiveness and jealousy. In this case, the Duke is used to having his way however when his Duchess fails to treat him like someone special to her he feels offended and so, despite there being no precise evidence, has her murdered: "Oh sir, she smiled, no doubt, Whene'er I passed her; but who passed without Much the same smile?" ...read more.

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Caesura - a pause in the middle of lines - is also used to create a more natural feel to the poems: "A heart - How shall I say? - too soon made glad." Noticeable in the three poems, are the different male and female relationships which caused the murders to be carried out. In The Laboratory, the Lady's motive for murdering Pauline is that she wants the man that Pauline is with to be hers. She has not had any apparent arguments with the man and so her revenge is purely because she wants something that currently she cannot have. In Porphyria's Lover and My Last Duchess the motives for murder correspond. Both the Duke and Porphyria's Lover (whom we do not know the actual names of, nor the Lady in The Laboratory) do wish to have to cope with the fact that neither Porphyria or the Duchess are completely under their control and want entirely to be with them, they are either drawn between their lover or are flirtatious with other men. In conclusion, we can pick out the similarities and dissimilarities between the three speakers in the Robert Browning dialogues and we can detect the motives behind the murders taken place or about to take place and from this discover a great deal about the speakers personality's whether they intend to disclose these characteristics or not. ...read more.

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