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Study Questions: Robert Browning (Dramatic Monologues) E316K We’ll read four of Browning’s “dramatic monologues,” which have long been admired for their psychological depth and complex layers of meaning. A few of the questions we’ll want to ask ourselves: How does Browning give us the feeling we’re listening to an identifiable and knowable “character”? What are his techniques in this genre? Can you compare and contrast his portraits with Chaucer’s? What do his portraits have in common with the portraits in the General Prologue
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Unformatted text preview: and such an individual prologue as the Wife of Bath’s? What kind of characters or figures does he tend to focus on? What does Browning want his poems to do ? That is, what kind of effect do you imagine him desiring for these dramatic monologues? As you read these monologues, try to figure out the dramatic “scene,” if that’s the right word. Who is speaking, to whom, where, how, why, and with what effect? What changes (if anything) during the time the monologue is delivered? How do we know?...
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