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English Literature - The Dramatic Monologues of Robert Browning and Alfred Lord Tennyson Of the monologues I will be analysing I feel some capture the mood and personality of the main characters better than others do Often a particular mood will be carried on throughout the monologue making it obvious to the reader of the characters traits It is very much dependant on how well the writer provides us with a clear persona whether it be an arrogant character or a pathetic one Of course being monologues we are presented with four very biased accounts of events I agree with the idea that Browning and Tennyson capture the mood and personality of the characters however I feel they achieve this in some monologues better than in others Each monologue essentially tries to grasp a mood that is representative of the speaker Andrea Del Sarto by Browning is a monologue which I feel captures the mood of the speaker very well We are given clear evidence of his pathetic personality It deals with a man who is superior as an artist but feels he is inferior as a man He is jealous of others that are able to combine art with a happy life with the love of a woman These are the main moods expressed in this monologue also by Robert Browning It is clear that Andrea is jealous of others and by the end of the poem we feel he is pathetic and ridiculous We are given bits of evidence that suggest his wife Lucrezia is having an affair - My everybodys moonWhich everybody looks on and calls his It is clear from the beginning that Andrea knows full well that his wife sleeps around and lies He also says things such as Tomorrow satisfy your friend which make him appear so unbelievably pathetic Del Sarto actually wants very simple things out of his life He is regarded
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