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My Last Duchess Essay

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ENG 1080"My Last Duchess"Ocotber 10th 2014Nickolas LocherStudent ID: 0886371After reading Robert Browning's "My Last Duchess", I must say that I found it both enjoyable and intriguing.One of the technique's the author uses that I really liked was the use of "Dramatic Monologue" by the narrator.This poem is based on the life of Alfonso the II, the Duke of Ferrara and his late wife. The setting of the poem is his private art gallery which resides in his palace. The monologue is designed by the author to reveal the Dukes' true character. When the Duke is meeting with an envoy for Count Ferdinand the I, the envoy notices a painting of a beautiful woman with a red spot on her cheek, she was Dukes' ...view middle of the document...

This proves that the Duke is respected and feared by people because of his power. If readers continue to analyse the text we notice that he is an evil and jealous indvidual.The Duke can be percieved as evil and jealous because he began to despise her when she was socially outgoing with other men, while enjoying there company. The Duchess started showing signs of arrousal in those situations. There is another point to this argument, where after three years of marriage the Duchess had yet provided an heir for the Duke. The Duke had given her the "gift of a nine- hundred years old name", this was the highest distinction a person of high nobility could ever give. This was his legacy he had just given her and she had not provided an heir to carry on the bloodline. The Duke had an expectation that she would serve in this capacity and because she was unable to do this she was of little worth to him.1At the end of the poem the Duke has a significant character change, revealing that he was responsible for his wifes death. Browning writes "When'er I passed her; but who passed without much the same smile? This grew; I gave commands Then all smiles stopped together". The Duke in this excerpt has just admitted to the envoy that he gave the order for her to be killed because he was jealous that she was trifling with his legacy. As the Dramatic Monologue progressed we ultimatley saw the change in the Dukes' character with the poem ending with his confession on how the Duchess died. This concept of Dramatic Monologue intrigued me becasue I saw the progression of a character who was innocent, and was converted to an evil, jealous man who murdered his wife.2

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