The Power Of Power In My Last Duchess By Robert Browning

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In several countries tyrants abuse their power for their own benefit. Many people must obey these cruel rulers or be punished if they disobey. People must live in fear because of these tyrants, who use their power for their own satisfaction. In “My Last Duchess” the Duke of Ferrara uses his power to control his subjects, and kills his wife because of the way she acts around other men. From beginning to end “My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning displays the corrupt power of the domestic tyrant, his arrogance, jealousy, and the ruthlessness.
To begin, the Duke is displayed to be a corrupt leader. His tyrannical ways and ideas of solving problems in his life are preposterous. The Duke is enraged that his wife shows flirtatious expressions to other men that show kindness towards her. The Duchess is killed because the Duke becomes frustrated with her actions “This grew; I gave commands; Then all smiles stopped together” (Browning line 45-46). This portrays the Duke’s tyrannical ways, he demands her to stop, but she ignores him, therefore the Duke decides to kill his wife. According to Robert Reese, “The Duchess smiles to the other men aroused an anger in the Duke so powerful that he gave commands to have her killed”. The Duke of Ferrara considers himself superior to others and above laws and morality. He feels he can do anything he desires without serving any sort of punishment. The Duke does indeed have an enormous amount of power, and he uses all that power to be abusive to

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