Mrs. Kingshaw Monologue from My Last Duchess by Robert Browning
This is a monologue from Mrs. Kingshaw. This monologue has been
written to express Mrs. Kingshaws feelings about her son, Charles, in
comparison to her feelings about her stepson Edmund Hooper. This
monologue has bee written under the inspiration of a poem named, ‘My
Last Dutches’ by Robert Browning. I will try to use some of the skills
applied by ‘Robert Browning’ in this monologue.
This monologue is a representation of Mrs. Hooper, after the wedding,
which is held two days after the death of her son. Mrs. Kingshaw in
this monologue will be talking to Mrs. Fielding who is the mother of
Anthony fielding. Anthony was a friend of both Charles Kingshaw and
Edmund Hooper. The monologue is written to reflect Mrs. Kingshaw’s
personality, her views and her attitude towards other characters.
The monologue begins with a fast paced environment where Mrs.
Kinghshaw welcomes the party guests. The use of short sentences in
Mrs. Kingshaw’s speech suggest her happiness and joyfulness. It gives
the monologue a busy but joyful mood to begin with.
In the second paragraph Mrs. Kingshaw mentions a key word, “security”.
This word reflects her ambitions which run through the entire book,
I’m the king of the castle’. The drive for “Security” is what drove
her to Warings. The drive for “Security” is what drove her to a
relationship with Joseph Hooper. And the drive for “Security” is what
led her to neglect her son at the end of ‘I’m the king of the castle’,
through her actions. The second paragraph also gives an insight to
exactly how security has affected her. It shows that she enjoys Mr.
Hooper’s trust and support, it also shows how she has formed, in her
mind, that she is some what more wealthy. This is shown by her
bragging to Mrs. Fielding about her wedding dress and her wedding
ring, which has diamonds “forming a heart”. The mood in this paragraph
is similar to the first paragraph, as Mrs. Kingshaw is talking to a
good friend with great confidence and pride.
The first sentence of paragraph three clearly show that a question has
been asked. The question addresses Mrs. Kingshaws personal thoughts.
This can be seen as she simply starts to talk about Edmund in a casual
way. However, she is interrupted by the hidden partner. She apologizes
and continues to talk except this time she refers to Charles. From
this evidence we can assume that the question was addressing ‘her
son’. Therefore she may have interpreted this question to be about
Edmund. It is evident that at the time of the interruption the
question was asked again but this time addressing Charles directly,
hence, she talks about him. This ‘interpretation’ shows that she
considers Charles to be inferior to Edmund. Which is an insight to her