Essay on How Does Browning Tell the Story in the Laboratory?
Robert Browning’s poem “The Laboratory” is set in France before the French Revolution. The dramatic monologue is about the narrator herself and her plotting of revenge against her previous lover and his current mistress and it tells the reader how she plans on doing so. She believes her actions in the story are justified and reasonable.
In the poem, the story’s tone is established with the setting, which also helps create vivid imagery for the readers, making it easier to put into context and understand. Browning uses the title to set the scene for the story, as “The Laboratory” is a place where scientific experiments take place. But oddly, in the poem it’s a place the narrator …show more content…
Additionally, if winning her husband or lover back were the only goal, she would perhaps not take so much joy in the prospect of causing painful death to the ladies and ethical torment to him. Her intense focus on the ingredients further confirms the elation she feels at suddenly giving herself over to this malice. That this scheme will cost the narrator her "whole fortune" only validates the choice. We get the sense that she will be forever defined by this act. In closing with "next moment I dance at the King's," the poem implies her intent to carry herself as a woman who has accomplished a great deed. Alternately, we can interpret her as being a prostitute and fearing public humiliation.
Psychologically, her resentment could be motivated by class expectations. She considers herself a "minion," which might be interpreted as a lady-in-waiting or some low-level servant, whereas her competitors are not as low in the social ladder. That her beloved