Essay on Robert Browning

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The Jealous Monk      Robert Browning’s, “Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister” involves a jealous monk with much hatred of, Brother Lawrence, the “perfect” monk. Irony, diction, and syntax are clearly evident in this dramatic monologue.      Throughout the poem the nameless monk is constantly expressing his anger and sarcasm through the use of syntactical irony. This particular monk is angered at a fellow monk, as evidenced by "If hate killed men, Brother Lawrence, God's blood, would not mine kill you!" which seems ironic knowing he is a religious monk. He is taking out his anger to a great extent, which is not good church practice. Obviously it seems that Brother Lawrence is…show more content…
     As a monk, he plays the total opposite of an actual monk. He puts down the innocent Brother Lawrence, when he himself is the rotten one. Browning expresses certain words with diction. A monk does not watch girls wash their clothes and hair at the bank. “Steeping tresses in the tank, Blue-black, lustrous, think like horsehairs,” the selfish monk does this, not the innocent Brother Lawrence. As a monk, one should not look upon women showering themselves and washing clothes. Being the opposite of a monk he also owns a dirty book, “My Scrofulous French novel…If I double down its pages at the woeful sixteenth print,” he also knows exact pages of the book to look at. Towards the end of the poem the monk plans to rid himself of his fellow Brother, by sending him to Hell. He speaks of slipping his French novel revealing "Belial's gripe," Belial being one of the classical devils of Hell, the Lord of Lies. One may determine that the monk intends to present a false message to his Brother in order to damn his soul. It is clear that he is not following his title as a monk; he is a traitor to his own name.       Throughout Browning’s “Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister”, he exposes different devices used. Irony, diction, and syntax all play a major role in each stanza. By
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