Soliloquy Of The Spanish Cloister By Robert Browning Essay

1429 Words Dec 6th, 2016 6 Pages
Have you ever had that feeling of disliking someone for no apparent reason? It is interesting how people can find hate or discomfort from the simplest of things, especially when there is no reason to dislike it. An example of this phenomenon is the monk’s anger and envy towards Brother Lawrence in Robert Browning’s “Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister.” The dramatic monologue features a speaker who has a deep hate for one of his brothers. The conflict with the monk and Brother Lawrence is correlated to modern day culture and TV shows such as the Fairly Odd Parents and The Simpsons. Robert Browning’s “Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister” is a dramatic monologue about an unnamed monk who is expressing hatred and envy towards Brother Lawrence, who is watering plants. The first few stanzas talk about his hatred towards Brother Lawrence. He talks about the things that he hates about him such as the way he presents himself at dinner, the way he waters his plants and even the way he drinks (Browning). As the poem goes on, the sinful characteristics of the speaker are revealed when he starts talking about the way he can get Brother Lawrence in trouble. For example, he wants to use a French novel that he owns to provoke lust to Lawrence and even ponders a deal with the devil himself to get Brother Lawrence to sin (Browning). Furthermore, the speaker is a hypocrite, as evidenced throughout the poem. For example, it is him, not Lawrence who noticed the women bathing outside and wondered…

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