Dramatic Monologue Analysis

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Often times when we think about the dramatic monologue the thing that might come to mind are monologues that are often seen in Shakespeare’s work whether that be Hamlet’s monologue To Be or Not to Be. Or the dramatic monologue that is echoed in Romeo and Juliet when Juliet cries out, Romeo, Romeo, Wherefore Art Thou Romeo? The dramatic monologue is defined as a type of poem where the speaker is talking directly to a person or addressing another person. Normally in these types of works the speaker speaks alone which is known as a one-way conversation. The setting is typically dramatic, in the sense that they have a theatrical feel to them, but also its intended to be read to an audience. The concept of the dramatic monologue separates the speaker from the poet, a concept that English poet Robert Browning developed. It does so in a way that the reader must work through the words of the speaker to discover the meaning of the poet. Within the dramatic monologue there is a sudden departure from the normalcy of poetry. Moreover, the dramatic monologue begins in the middle of a conversation or action. The speaker inadvertently reveals aspects of their character when describing a situation or series of events. Furthermore, the word monologue signifies that there is no other dialogue coming from other characters, just the speaker. Within the dramatic monologue there is a differentiation between the dramatic monologue, which the speaker is an imaginary character. Whereas in the dramatic lyric the speaker is an abstract version of the poet usually addressing someone in the dramatic situation. The dramatic monologue is believed to have developed during the early Victorian period, throughout this time we have seen noteworthy nineteenth ... ... middle of paper ... ...tated his own to keep going forward and brave the struggle of life.” The monologue is viewed as the art of going forward after a death. The dramatic monologue brought about new concepts and ideas for writers and poets during the Victorian Age time. The dramatic monologue is set in a dramatic setting when the speaker inadvertently reveals aspects of their character when describing a situation or series of events. Yet it’s the work of the reader to understand the events happening in the story. In My Last Duchess we read about how the Duke had killed his last wife in a jealous rage. In Fra Lippo Lippie we saw a man who had lived in the monasteries, went after the desires of his flesh and had a philosophy that differed from the church. And in Tennyson’s Ulysses we read about Ulysses and his discontentment with life, but the perseverance to keep going and not give up.
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