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Worksheet On Robert Browning's "My Last Duchess"

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This poem is called a "dramatic monologue"-as if you were listening to one half of a conversation, performed in a dramatic circumstance-1. What is this circumstance? Who is speaking to whom? About what business matter? What is the other topic of discussion?2. Where is this discussion taking place? Why has the Duke brought his auditor there?3. What is a "duke"? Where is a duke in the hierarchy of nobility? What is a "count"? Where is he in the hierarchy? Would a Duke normally marry a count's daughter? Why does this ...view middle of the document...

From the Duke's point of view, what image are we given of his last duchess's character and personality? Quote and show. Does she seem to be about the Duke's age, younger, or older? What does the Duke value? What did his duchess value?7. Where can you find evidence of probable bias in the Duke's description of his last duchess? Quote and show. Define: "officious"8. What information about his relationship with his last duchess does the Duke delay in revealing? Why does he delay? Why does he drop this news when he does?9. Do you think the Duke is to be taken at his word when he protests he has no skill in speech, and pretends to be reaching for words? (see ll. 22, 32, 36): why or why not? What might be the advantage in showing himself to be an unskilled speaker?10. What action is being referred to when the Duke says to his auditor, "Nay, we'll go / Together down, sir"? What would etiquette (or protocol) normally require? Why does the Duke make this gesture?11. Why does the Duke pause to point out the statue of Neptune?12. Do you think the envoy has gotten the point? gotten it too well? or learned more than the Duke intended?

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