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  • My Last Duchess Analysis

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    relevant time to critique the prevalence of domestic violence. Robert Browning’s dramatic monologue My Last Duchess was written as an appraisal of the cruelty of men and the sub-human treatment of women in the Victorian period as well as criticising the patriarchy. But why, nearly two centuries later, are we revisiting this poem? Browning uses his poetry, specifically works like My Last Duchess to explore the dark, rather evil side of the human condition – an ever relevant topic to suit a contemporary

  • Essay on my last duchess

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    literary techniques to clearly convey the personalities of their speakers. In “My Last Duchess”, Robert Browning uses point of view, diction, and imagery to achieve a powerful effect, underlining the attitude and personality of the Duke.            In a dramatic monologue, character development is based on what the speaker says, and how he says it. In “My Last Duchess”, the speaker of the monologue addresses a fictional audience, and the reader is

  • My Last Duchess and Porphyria’s Lover

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    wishes are usually unknown to the person himself.” (Flanagan). This can help explain how the men act within the stories My Last Duchess and Porphyria’s Lover. Furthermore, this is a comparative analysis of the lover’s within Porphyria’s Lover and My Last Duchess, both by Robert Browning. In both stories, the lover's perceive the women as objects, instead of actual people. In My Last Mistress, he believes that he has given her a gift by marrying her, and thus thinks that he owns her. He feels that she

  • My Last Duchess By Robert Browning

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    “My Last Duchess” The poem “My Last Duchess” is a masterful example of a dramatic monologue written by Robert Browning. In this poem the narrator is a duke who is discussing his murder of his last duchess with a man with whom he is arranging his marriage to a count’s daughter. As it is a monologue, the man being spoken to does not say a word. It is believed by many that this character is based on the Italian Duke of Ferrara, Alfonso II, who sought out the marriage of a count’s daughter following

  • Social Criticism Of My Last Duchess

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    In the poem “My Last Duchess” , Robert Browning critiques the socioeconomic norms of the Victorian aristocracy. He makes a social commentary on the nobleman's abuse of power and his grotesque attitude towards women, all of which was overlooked at that time. Browning respectively creates characters in “My Last Duchess” such as the Duke of Ferrara, who is a reflection of aristocratic norms, and the duchess, who is a victim of circumstance. Browning uses these facts in order to facilitate the reading

  • My Last Duchess By Robert Browning

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    My Last Duchess The dramatic monologue “My Last Duchess” was penned down by Robert Browning. In this poem, the narrator is the Duke of Ferrara, and the listener is the count’s agent, through whom the Duke is arranging the proposed marriage to a second duchess. The poem is ironical and reveals its rhetorical sense, gradually. In the later part of the poem, the Duke claims that he does not have a skill in speech, but his monologue is a masterpiece of subtle rhetoric. While supposedly

  • My Last Duchess by Robert Browning

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    ‘My Last Duchess’ is all about control and jealousy. Written by Robert Browning in 1842 (the Victorian era), the dramatic monologue is set in 16th Century Italy where the Duke of Ferrara is talking to a Count’s emissary about a prospective marriage with the Counts daughter. The poem conveys the controlling nature of the Duke by the use of one stanza in the entire poem. It demonstrates this, as there is no interruption from the servant and no break whilst the Duke is talking. Any pauses in the poem

  • Analysis of My Last Duchess Essay

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    ‘My Last Duchess’ is a poem written by Robert Browning in 1845. It’s a first person narrative of a duke who is showing the ambassador around his palace and negotiating his marriage to the daughter of another powerful family. As they are walking through the palace, the duke stops and looks at the beautiful portrait of his lovely last duchess. The duke speaks his thoughts about the girl, and as the poem progresses we begin to realize that his last duchess had been murdered. “…I gave commands

  • The Lady Of Shalott And My Last Duchess

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    There are many poems about love, but fewer poems about the dynamics of that love, of the power structure inherent in heterosexual relationships. Two poems that don’t seem to have much in common at first glance “The Lady of Shalott” and “My Last Duchess” make these power dynamics a central theme of their respective plots. Specifically, these poems put a huge emphasis on how women interact with men, and revolve around a feminine need for male approval, even in death. In this paper I will examine the

  • My Last Duchess By Robert Browning Essay

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    My last duchess by Robert Browning Quote Analysis My Last Duchess by Robert Browning is a mysterious monologue about a duke who is showing a portrait of his former wife or last duchess to a visitor at his palace. While showing this portrait of his former wife, the duke begins to demean the duchess character and their life together. Although the duke is very well spoken and chooses his words carefully as he describes the duchess, he ends up reveling more about himself than his last duchess. By doing