Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister Meme


This meme is for the poem “Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister” by Robert Browning. This screen-cap was originally taken from the episode, “Chocolate with Nuts,” from Spongebob Squarepants. In the episode, Spongebob and Patrick are selling chocolate when they come across a fish named Tom. Tom is a chocoholic and goes insane when he sees the two characters on the street. Throughout scenes in the show, when Tom is unable to catch up to Spongebob, he pauses and stares down Spongebob with an intense gaze.

It is amusing to watch Tom harass and chase Spongebob and Patrick for an item as trivial as chocolate, much like it is amusing to read about the jealous monk from the poem. The monk condemns Brother Lawrence, a fellow monk, for supposedly being immoral. Yet, the reader soon realizes that the faults and sins are more the narrator’s than Brother Lawrence’s. In one stanza, the narrator comments on how he cut Brother Lawrence’s flowers in a fit of self-righteousness, which was the most humorous section of the poem. Based on that instance, I wanted my meme to represent that the petty action of cutting flowers does not condemn Brother Lawrence. It only makes the narrator look silly.