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The Haunting Aristocrat In his dramatic monologue Robert Browning uses irony diction and imagery to achieve a haunting effect Robert Browning frequently wrote dramatic monologues to enhance the dark and avaricious qualities in his works Brownings use of this particular style is to evoke the unconstrained reaction of a person in a particular situation or crisis Napierkowski 170 A poem may say one thing but when mixed with dramatic monologue it may present a meaning at odds with the speakers intentionNapierkowski 170 This change may show the reader more insight into the poem without directly stating the underlying facts The reader is allowed to isolate a single moment in which the character reveals himself more starkly Napierkowski 171 Brownings use of dramatic monologue disposes the reader to suspend moral judgement Napierkowski 171 causing a haughtiness to hover over many of his works Browning uses irony in conjunction with dramatic monologue to produce a sinister and domineering effect Irony much like dramatic monologue can make the reader question the true underlying meaning of the passage This brief confusion causes an eeriness to be brought about in the work In My Last Duchess verbal irony is demonstrated when the Duke says to his guests even had you skill in speech which I have not35-36 Throughout the poem the Duke proves that he is quite a polished speakerMarkley 172 The Duke is not a modest man but him making this seemingly humble statement in the midst of all his power stricken remarks establishes situational irony Dramatic monologue can make an unforseen ironic statement have an ominous surrounding that totally encompasses the readers attention An individual may initially become very disturbed if an unannounced late night visitor knocked on their door just as the Dukes unanticipated remark brought a weary feeling to the reader Throughout My Last Duchess Browning uses diction to
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