A Comparison of the Attitudes Shown in The Man He Killed By Tomas Hardy and in My Last Duchess by Robert Browning

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A Comparison of the Attitudes Shown in The Man He Killed By Tomas Hardy and in My Last Duchess by Robert Browning The attitudes shown in the two poems “The Man he Killed” by Tomas Hardy and “My Last Duchess” Robert by Browning are very different; where as Hardy creates a modest, baffled character who feels very guilty, Browning’s Duke is a vain, proud man who has killed his wife in a premeditated manner. These characteristics are also revealed through the poet’s use of stanza, structure and language choices. Both of the poems are about killing In the Man He Killed the solider feels very guilty for his actions; this is evident when he says; “I shot him dead because- Because he was my he…show more content…
She is an addition to his art collection and will need to be perfect if she is keep her life. The protagonist in ‘The man he killed’ would probably kill again if placed in the sa me position. In The Man He Killed “But ranged as infantry And staring face to face.” If he was put in that position again then he might shoot to kill somebody to save his life. However In the Man he Killed it seems that the man would only kill again if he was forced to. The men both display different attitudes towards their actions. In the poems the Duke is haughty and dismissive and in the man he killed the solider is very humble. And regretful. In the Man he Killed another key difference between the two poems are the attitudes displayed after the deaths. The langue he used is very basic and monosyllabic, and he is also very agitated about what he has done. “Was out of work – had sold his traps – No other reason why.” The simple language shows how he is struggling to come to terms with what he has done. In My Last Duchess The Duke’s attitude is completely different, because he is very dismissive and bossy, and he loves the sound of his own voice. “Nay, we’ll go Together down, sir. Notice Neptune, though, Taming a sea-horse” Here

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