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In Robert Browning's dramatic monologue 'My Last Duchess'; there are two characters that many people can be compared to in the world today. The two characters are Alfonso II, Duke of Ferrara and his Duchess. Throughout the monologue the duke is described as being conceited, arrogant and perhaps maybe even psychotic. While his Duchess is the opposite of him, a person who enjoys life and everything it has to offer.
The Duke is somewhat of a conceited person because of the comments he makes. In one part of the monologue the duke is talking to a Fra Pandolf, an imaginary monk and painter. He says that his presence (the duke) is causing the happiness of theVIEW DOCUMENT
1163 words - 5 pages John Webster’s TheDuchess of Malfi and Alexander Pope’s The Rape of the Lock each feature females as the dominate characters, but represent them in very different ways. In Webster’s TheDuchess of Malfi it is made clear and significantly expresses how being vigorous, prideful and independent are not solely male characteristics, but assist in empowering women. In Pope’s The Rape of the Lock he presents women of circumstance and their over the top reactions to events that are superficially inconsequential, ruled over by a culture of consumerism and materialistic and vain necessities.
In TheDuchess of Malfi theDuchess is a powerful and independent widow who defies her male kinsmen byVIEW DOCUMENT
933 words - 4 pagesFormal Critical study of ?My last Duchess? and ?Richard Cory? Despite the obvious dissimilarities in the setting and circumstances, the two poems, ?My last Duchess,? by Robert Browning, and ?Richard Cory,? by Edwin Arlington Robinson, are similar in that both works focus on a man?s rank in society. Showing the impact riches and power have on the life of a person and everyone around them.?My last Duchess? begins in a secondVIEW DOCUMENT
546 words - 2 pagesThis essay will compare and contrast the two poems ‘Salome’ by Carol Anne Duffy and ‘My Last Duchess’ by Robert Browning. The poem ‘Salome’ by Carol Anne Duffy is presumably based on biblical story found in the New Testament books of Matthew. The historical Salome was a daughter of Herodias and Philip, who were one of the ruling families in Palestine. She danced before the ruler, Herod Antipas (Philip's half-brother and her uncle), who promised to grant her any request. John the Baptist had condemned Herodias because of her affair with Herod, who had put him in prison. Prompted by her mother, Salome asked for the head of John, and at once he was executed. The head of John was then presentedVIEW DOCUMENT
2383 words - 10 pagesPorphyria’s Lover, My Last DuchessandThe Laboratory
In this essay I hope to prove that Robert Browning’s murder mystery
poems are fulfilled with intrigue and excitement. I also hope to prove
that in his poems he creates vivid characters and uses poetic
techniques to expose a world of madness and wickedness. To show that
the statements above are true I will be writing about the characters,
the poetic features in each poem andthe madness and wickedness in
each poem. This essay will include three of Robert Browning’s poems;
they are Porphyria’s Lover, My Last DuchessandThe Laboratory.
Robert Browning was born on the seventh of May in eighteen twelve in
Camberwell a suburbVIEW DOCUMENT
3000 words - 12 pagesGeoffrey Chaucer has successfully developed several themes which are seen throughout his works. Although the literary techniques that Chaucer uses are not his own, these themes which reoccur are in the one of a kind style which defines Chaucer's works.
In both Troilus and Criseyde andThe Book of theDuchess, the characters of Troilus andthe Black Knight go through heartache and sorrow because of a love they once had but both lost. Both characters are young and naive when it comes to matters of the heart and leave their fate in theVIEW DOCUMENT
1853 words - 7 pagesMissing Works Cited
TWO WOMEN AND ONE FATE
TheDuchess in John Webster’s tragic play, TheDuchess of Malfi, and Beatrice Joanna in Thomas Middleton and William Rowley’s The Changeling, are both strong women living in a male-dominated society. The two women attempt to free themselves from this subordination by choosing to love that they desire. Both pay with their lives for this chance at freedom, but differ in their moral decisions about how they attempt it. Beatrice Joanna’s plan involves murder, whereas the widowed Duchess merely lives the life she chooses, then plots to leave Malfi. Both women are forced into theirVIEW DOCUMENT
1738 words - 7 pagesThe Grand Duchess Anastasia was part of the Imperial Romanov family who ruled Russia for almost three hundred years. Anastasia’s father Nicholas II was the last Tsar of Russia before the communist rule. He was not a very good ruler, which caused his people to turn against him and later this caused the assassination of the entire Imperial family. After the family was assassinated rumor that Anastasia had survived began to circulate throughout Russia and later the entire world. People became fascinated with this tragic story and with finding the Grand Duchess Anastasia, but these rumors were false. Sadly, Anastasia did die with her family the tragic night so long ago.
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1437 words - 6 pages“Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise” (Carroll 105). This and advice of this kind are often dispensed by theDuchess in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to Alice, and like the transition from child to adult, the advice is generally rarely fully understood if not confusingly difficult to wrap logic around. Many illustrators have undertaken the task of conveying a clear picture of the struggle that Alice goes through in order to triumph over childhood and nonsense into the realm of adults and logic. Angel Dominguez showsVIEW DOCUMENT
1994 words - 8 pagesAccording to Webster’s dictionary, the definition of ‘villain’ is “a character in a story, movie, etc., who does bad things” (Merriam-Webster). In John Webster’s play, TheDuchess of Malfi, the plot line revolves around a duchessand her two brothers. TheDuchess of Malfi is a very twisted and complicated story where the characters are not as they seem. One of the most significant parts of the story line is that the characters that appear to be the villains are not actually the villains. This makes the story complex, but eventually ties it together in unexpected ways. When first reading the play, it is easy to come to the conclusion that the duchess’s two brothers, The Cardinal andVIEW DOCUMENT
3336 words - 13 pagesConsequences of Ambition Exposed in Macbeth, The Maid's Tragedy, andTheDuchess of Malfi
Twenty-first century America praises the ambitious. The American dream urges us to set lofty goals and then rely on the Protestant work ethic to achieve them-regardless of potential obstacles. Parents encourage their children to consider any and every career choice. Companies and schools stress goal-setting and celebrate productivity. Even a contemporary catchphrase like "The sky's the limit" or the Army slogan "Be all you can be"-the stuff of graduation cards and commencement addresses-promote ambition. Yet ambition has not always been valued. Seventeenth-century Jacobean dramaVIEW DOCUMENT
1007 words - 4 pagesComparing the Poems Kid, Havisham, The Laboratory and My Last DuchessThe poems are all dramatic monologues about aspects of love andthe
feelings and emotions that evolve from that.
Kid is a comical monologue spoken in the voice of Robin, Batman's
sidekick. Simon Armitage imagines what would have happened after the
story of Batman and Robin's adventures. Robin is bitter towards Batman
as he abandoned him, yet he has succeeded out of it and is therefore
grateful to Batman. We this in the line, 'now I'm taller, harder,
stronger older,' the opposite of what he was before.
Havisham is also a monologue about a woman, jilted by her scheming
1826 words - 7 pagesNishtha Tewari25.09.2012TheDuchess of Malfi: Themes of Blood, Lust, Violence and IntrigueSet within the Jacobean age, TheDuchess of Malfi, is a revenge play that portrays the violence inherent in any society that functions on a blood nobility structure. The play focuses on both the physical and mental aspect of this violence. The structures existing within society and hierarchies important to the functioning of the dukedom leadVIEW DOCUMENT
2778 words - 11 pagesSexism can be defined as the prejudice, stereotyping or discrimination that is typically directed towards women. Jacobean women lived in a male-dominated world , which often meant that they were disempowered, subordinate possessions of men. Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ on one hand presents these stereotypical attitudes through the three female characters in the play, Desdemona, Emilia and Bianca, however on the other hand he challenges this view by portraying these women as individuals in their own right who are beginning to break away from male control. Similarly Webster’s ‘TheDuchess of Malfi’ deconstructs Jacobean stereotypes of women by presenting theDuchess as a powerful Renaissance womanVIEW DOCUMENT
1234 words - 5 pagesIn Webster's, TheDuchess of Malfi, one scene connects thematically, imagistically, linguistically, and dramatically with the rest of the play. This is Act III, scene ii. In this scene, the author's scrupulous attention to the flow of text as well as the location of each scene, which serve dramatic purposes, become apparent. He also makes obvious the use of metaphors that are continually part of the text. During this scene, one of the main themes, the Duchess's desire to be in control, is very distinct for the first time.The Duchess's need to have control over her life is epitomized in ActVIEW DOCUMENT
741 words - 3 pagesPorphyrias Lover, My Last DuchessandThe Flea all have the theme of
love in them
Porphyrias Lover, My Last DuchessandThe Flea all have the theme of
love in them. But they are not all the same theme of love for example
Porphyrias Lover is obsessive and seductive love whereas; The Flea is
more like sexual love. Robert Browning writes both Porphyrias Lover
and My Last Duchessand John Donne writes The Flea. I think
Porphyrias Lover and My Last Duchess are alike as Robert Browning uses
similar themes of love in them e.g. Obsessive and Possessive. The
Flea is a completely different poem altogether. It is more of a
sexual poem rather than obsessive but it could be argued that itVIEW DOCUMENT
2785 words - 11 pages In 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'My Last Duchess', Browning uses several
features of dramatic monologue in order to engage and sustain the
interest of the audience. This style of monologue is spoken by a
character, which is not the poet, and is usually projected at a
critical moment, as in the case of 'My Last Duchess' and 'Porphyria's
Lover'. The speakers unintentionally reveal their insanity, in both
poems, through their separate accounts. By making a comparison of
the two poems, it becomes clear that Browning has used similar
disturbing themes to illustrate what an individual is capable of doing.
Browning's work is known to be an example of dramaticVIEW DOCUMENT
5024 words - 20 pagesBrowning's Presentation of the idea of Love in The Laboratory and My Last Duchess
Robert Browning was born into a wealthy family in 1812 in the suburbs
of London. His education was a mixture of private instruction and
informal schooling. Browning's father had a library of thousands of
books, this helped Browning develop an immense literary knowledge. As
a boy he was intelligent and he cultivated a taste for books and
learned many languages. Browning had a cultured and intellectual
outlook on life, that is reflected in the dramatic monologues we
Browning wrote two of his most famous poems, 'The Laboratory' and 'My
Last Duchess' at theVIEW DOCUMENT
914 words - 4 pagesAnalysis of the Setting in My Last Duchessand Dover Beach
At first glance the setting of a poem is the psychological and physiological environment in which the story takes place. In some instances, the setting is used to develop the characters. Robert Browning and Matthew Arnold use the setting to expose their character traits. "My Last Duchess" and "Dover Beach," respectively, portray the weaknesses of the characters using elements from the setting. The text, page 629 and 630, tells us that the setting in "My Last Duchess" displays a valuable art form that exposes his greed and cruelty. "Dover Beach" demonstrates changeability and impermanence. The speaker's solution is toVIEW DOCUMENT
1036 words - 4 pagesThe Similarities and Differences in My Last Duchessand Porphyria's Lover
'My Last Duchess' and 'Porphyria's Lover' are poems written by Robert
Browning in the form of a dramatic monologue. They both contain themes
of love, jealousy, contempt and obsession.
In the beginning of 'My Last Duchess' the Duke is speaking about his
wife's portrait to an envoy. In 'Porphyria's Lover' the Lover is
speaking directly to the reader, conveying his thoughts, personifying
the weather perhaps emphasizing his unhappiness ('the sullen wind soon
awake') seeing as he had a 'heart fit to break'. Both the Duke andthe
Lover are watching the women whilst they speak. The Duke hints at her
2660 words - 11 pagesJohn Webster's Play TheDuchess of Malfi
In the opening of TheDuchess of Malfi takes place between Delio and
Antonio, a steward of theDuchessand his friend. Webster makes his
audience aware that Antonio has journeyed outside Malfi, to France.
The words "France, Frenchman, French" all appear within the first four
lines of the text, a blunt indicator to ensure that the audience,
however inattentive, grasps the point that Antonio has been absent
from Malfi. He supports this point by referring to the timespan since
Antonio last saw Delio, "You have been long in France." The word
"long" suggests that a considerable time has passed since he was last
resident in Malfi. EquallyVIEW DOCUMENT
1901 words - 8 pages"My Last Duchess"Robert Browning's poem "My Last Duchess" is a splendid poem achieve within the format of the dramatic monologue, a poetic form in which there is only one speaker. Because there is only one speaker, we the reader must wonder carefully what the Duke is telling us, and we often have to read between the lines in order to keep an objective perspective on the what is happening in the poem. This paper will discuss how the use of the dramatic monologue makes the subject (the Duke) tell a story while, at the same time, unintentionally and ironically revealing unflattering characteristicsVIEW DOCUMENT
1068 words - 4 pages"The Flea" who haunts "My Last Duchess"History has blessed the English language with many great romanticists; they were men and sometimes woman who had an affinity for describing the glories of love. Yet in the midst of such uninhibited amorousness, they were a select few who chose to write about the seamier side of romance. It was these works which perhaps best represented the complexities of the male-female relationships of the time. Although written more than two hundred years apart, both "The Flea" by John Donne and "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning, examine the selfishness and lustful ambitions whichVIEW DOCUMENT
2688 words - 11 pages years after Blanche's death, perhaps for a memorial service, John of Gaunt commissioned Geoffrey Chaucer to write a poem (Benson 329).
From that commission, most likely before 1372 (which is when John of Gaunt remarried), Chaucer wrote The Book of theDuchess (Hussey 29). This poem, one of Chaucer's first, was strongly influenced from the French poetry, and is in the format of the dream motif.
The Book of theDuchess is likely in the format of the dream motif for various reasons. One reason is the disconnection from reality that the dream gives: if this poem andthe actions therein were not in a dream, Chaucer might have easily offended his patron if he somehow misrepresented BlancheVIEW DOCUMENT
1696 words - 7 pages South," "The Bishop Orders His Tomb" and "My Last Duchess," it is realised that his words have a certain extent of truth. The ways of thinking expressed in those two texts supports the statement, revealing the difficulty encountered by women in determining a sense of self. However, the protagonists in the texts ultimately manage to free themselves from the expectations of society. While the freedom is not complete, it is definitely not an illusion, as the heroines have to undergo great change to achieve the freedom.In North and South, the gender paradigms are explored in depth through the voice of VIEW DOCUMENT
1242 words - 5 pagesDuchess' death. Even though Webster uses Bosola in this way, he is more than a mere tool as his character extends beyond the established roles of the genre, giving a more complete character.
Bosola's inconsistency makes him different to some of the other characters in the play; the Cardinal is always cold and calculating, Antonio is honorable and benevolent and Ferdinand is fierce and aggressive, even in his mad state. There is no change in their characters, yet Bosola reaches beyond the confinements of the stereotypical role of `black malcontent', as Antonio describes him, altering his opinion of theDuchess as a prostitute, `this precise fellow is theDuchess' bawd', to seeing her as aVIEW DOCUMENT
1539 words - 6 pagesWilliam Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and John Webster's TheDuchess of Malfi are fascinating plays with convoluted plots that cause the reader to ponder the possible differences of females roles in 17th century society versus the present day. This is what makes the plays so amazing and interesting, as good literature can easily invoke feelings in its reader, challenging personal morals and beliefs. " In early Modern England, both gender and hierarchyVIEW DOCUMENT
647 words - 3 pagesGrand Duchess Anastasia Nicholaevna was born on June 18,1901. She was born to parents Nicholas II, the last ruler tzar of Russia and Alexandra. Although the family was happy for the new addition to the family most people including Nicholas were disappointed due to the baby being a girl, everyone expected a boy. Anastasia was a light brown sometimes-referred to as a blondish red haired girl with blue eyes, a true beauty. Anastasia had three elder sisters: Olga, Tatiana, and Maria. Alexei was her only brother. She grew up extremely close to herVIEW DOCUMENT
1343 words - 5 pagesThe Tragedy of the Dutchesse of Malfy, originally published under this name in 1623, is a Jacobean drama written by John Webster in 1612-13. The play starts off as a love story with theDuchess secretly marrying the steward of the household Antonio; a man beneath her class who she has fallen in love with. This marriage immediately shows theDuchess’ “princely powers” by defying the wishes of her brothers, Ferdinand andthe Cardinal, to not marry again after being widowed. “TheDuchess of Malfi is ostensibly a story of resistance of a wilful widow who actively defies her brothers’ wishes and refuses to be constrained by (male) authority” (Bartels 420). Webster portrays her brotherVIEW DOCUMENT
922 words - 4 pagesOne can begin the discussion on the theme of incest in ‘TheDuchess of Malfi’ by understanding the social conception of ‘incest’. Talcott Parsons says-“ it is not so much the prohibition of incest in its negative aspect(maintaining sexual relations) …(Instead) Incest is withdrawal from the obligation to contribute to the formation and maintenance of supra-familial bonds on which major economic, political and religious functions of the society are dependent.”
Ferdinand’s incestuous behaviour towards theduchess follows the similar pattern pointed above ,i.e., Ferdinand’s aim is not the achievement of sexual relations with his sister. One may like to contest this reading byVIEW DOCUMENT
2356 words - 9 pagesConsolation in the Book of Duchess
In “Book of theDuchess,” Geoffrey Chaucer draws close parallels between the poet’s insomnia andthe Knight’s grief. In showcasing the Knight’s complete lack of interest in the hunt, coupled by his general lethargy, Chaucer effectively parallels the Knight’s apathy to that experienced by the Narrator himself and his own feelings of loss of energy and enthusiasm.. The Chaucerian consolation in “The Book of Duchess,” seeks only to revitalize its suffers, and offers very little thorough investigations into the roots of the Narrator’s andthe Knight’s prolonged state of despairs. Instead, as far as is possible, it seems that Chaucer ignores all explanation ofVIEW DOCUMENT
517 words - 2 pagesHitcher, Education For Leisure, My Last Duchess, andThe Lab
"Hitcher" By Simon Armitage, "Education For Leisure" By Carol Anne
Duffy, "My Last Duchess" and "The Lab" by Robert Browning are all
poems that deal with violence or the prospect of violence.
"Hitcher" is a poem about a man who is angry at being threatened with
the sack, he picks up a hitch-hiker and kills him and then leaves him
on the road side. The poetic voice seems to be psychotic and also
talks about the attack in a casual manner.
"Ed for Leisure" also deals with a bitter person who feels he has been
let down by society. As he becomes increasingly demotivated, he gets
more and more violent ending withVIEW DOCUMENT
837 words - 3 pagesIn a society with everlasting change and differences people clash on a prodigious scale. By analyzing the stories: ?The Yellow Wallpaper? written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and ?My Last Duchess? by Robert Browning, one can take a look into the soul of mankind and attempt to define its ubiquitous desire for control andthe backlash that ensues. ?Notice Neptune, though Taming a sea-horseVIEW DOCUMENT
1428 words - 6 pagesIn 1695 Galileo wrote a Letter to The Grand Duchess Christina. This letter discussed the relationship between the traditional biblical beliefs of the time (the basis on which their society was built), scientific discoveries, and their correlation with one another. The purpose of the letter was to inform that the scientific discoveries being made were not hearsay or contradictory to the Bible, rather they were natural laws, which could coincide with Scriptural based beliefs, not oppose them. In the Letter to The Grand Duchess Christina, Galileo implies that science is the means by which G-d meant for humanity to understand scriptural truths. This belief can be applied to the present dayVIEW DOCUMENT
1426 words - 6 pagesAs an educated scholar, it is important to come to light with the fact that every well-known and reliable author, skillfully crafts his words manipulatively mainly by using figurative language, aiming to have a meaning, hidden behind the text. Beginning to read Robert Browning's "My Last Duchess", the reader might not fully grasp what's happening in the poem, or what rhetorical and hidden meanings the poem might possess; until reading it thoroughly and repetitively. In order to comprehend poetry, a reader must first analyze the poem and its poetic tools, understand the persona, and what it can reveal through the dramatic monologue. Browning has been able to transfer a strong message andVIEW DOCUMENT
2489 words - 10 pagesParallel Between Poet’s Insomnia and Knight
According to the medieval dream theory and its classification system, the dream experience by the poet in The Book of Duchess seemingly belongs to that variety wherein the impression and concerns of the previous day are recycled during sleep (Macrobius 88-90). The poet’s own feelings of lethargy, in combination with particular motifs from the story of Ceyx and Alyzone, manifest itself into the externalized form of the grief-stricken knight. Therefore, the knight’s state of mind is foreshadowed in the sorrow of Alcyone and in the strange insomnia experienced by the poet. Moreover, this particular ability of the characters to emerge from theirVIEW DOCUMENT
914 words - 4 pagesA 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;
3143 words - 13 pagesThe Theme of Love in the Poems First Love, To His Coy Mistress, Porphyria's Lover, My Last Duchessand Shall I Compare Thee?
A reader of a love poem has a specific. Prejudiced view of love
poetry. Generally, it is that love poetry is sentimental and
flattering. It is supposed to talk about flowers and chocolates,
romance and passion from one person to another. The reader expects
imagery of harts and roses, and cliched similes and metaphors. An
affectionate and caring tone should be used. The should be honest,
sentimental and, above all, romantic.
However, this is often not the case. Love can be portrayed as
passionate and sexual, romantic and caringVIEW DOCUMENT
2586 words - 10 pagesThe Themes of Love and Loss in My Last Duchess, La Belle Dame Sans Merci, When we Two Parted, and Villegiature
Works Cited Missing
The poems, 'My Last Duchess', 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' and 'When We
Two Parted' and 'Villegiature' by Robert Browning (1812-1889), John
Keats (1795-1821), Lord Byron (1788-1824) and Edith Nesbit (1858-1924)
respectively, have all been written in the nineteenth century. All
these poems deal with the different aspects of love andthe different
attitudes of lovers towards their beloved, after parting or during
times away from each other (Villegiature).
Browning's 'My Last Duchess' shows the possessive and dominant type ofVIEW DOCUMENT
2207 words - 9 pagesAmongst the three love poems examined in this essay, the theme of male or female power in relationships pervades throughout. The views of the speakers are expressed and defined through literary and poetic techniques. This gives the reader an insight into the speaker's problems and dissatisfaction of a relationship, due to an imbalance of power. However there are dissimilarities between the poems - for example where in "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" the female displays supernatural power and dominance over a knight, the Duke in "My Last Duchess" desires psychological power over his DuchessThe poemVIEW DOCUMENT
1117 words - 4 pagesMy Last Duchess by Robert Browning is a dramatic monologue spoken by the Duke Ferrari. It highlights the jealous and sadistic nature of his character andthe weirdness that surrounds his late wife’s demise. A dramatic monologue is a kind of poem whereby a single fictional or historical character other than the poet is made to speak to a silent audience, in this case, only the main character is allowed to talk. The purpose of the monologue is to not to disclose the poet’s own ideas but the thoughts of the lead character in the poem. (Christopher Baldick 1) .In the process, personality of the main character is revealed by the poet.
In "My Last Duchess," the duke is speaking to a aristocratVIEW DOCUMENT
1568 words - 6 pagesThe Sin of Pride Exposed in King Lear, andTheDuchess of Malfi
In this brief monograph, we shall be hunting down and examining various creatures from the bestiary of Medieval/Renaissance thought. Among these are the fierce lion of imperious, egotistical power, a pair of fantastic peacocks, one of vanity, one of preening social status, andthe docile lamb of humility. The lion andthe peacocks are of the species known as pride, while the lamb is of an entirely different, in fact antithetical race, that of humility and forgiveness. The textual regions we shall be exploring include the diverse expanses, from palace to heath, of William Shakespeare, the dark, sinister Italy of JohnVIEW DOCUMENT
871 words - 3 pagesRobert Browning sets the tone of "My Last Duchess," by using three significant poetic techniques, one of which is imagery. Browning uses the Duke's monologue to sketch out images in the reader's mind of theDuchess herself, andthe sinister personality of the Duke. Browning also uses another key device, which is diction to illustrate the darkness in this poem. Browning's careful word choice adds to the description of theDuchessand perhaps her disgraceful behavior, as well as the Duke's terrifying jealousy, and expectations. Finally, Browning also uses symbolism, which is instrumental in showing theVIEW DOCUMENT
865 words - 3 pagesThe malcontent is a certain character type that emerges in Jacobean revenge tragedy. Examples include figures like Ford's Vasquez and Middleton and Rowley's De Flores. In 'TheDuchess of Malfi', this is the character of Bosola. A malcontent can be identified by a number of traits. He is a discontented person; a rebel; disaffected, satirical and melancholic; bereaved or dispossessed and detached from an often corrupt society by his grievances; he has knowledge and intelligence without status. As one the keyVIEW DOCUMENT
1401 words - 6 pagesAnalysis of Robert Browning's My Last DuchessEnglish 110.6 (12)23 October 2002My Last Duchess is one of the more recognized poems written by Robert Browning. Robert Browning was a Victorian writer born in 1812 and died in 1889. He is remembered today through the inspiring words of this dramatic monologue My Last Duchess.The setting of this poem is presumably in the Italian Renaissance period, specifically, the grand staircase in the palace of the Duke of Ferrara. It is set as evidenced by the arranged marriage to the Count's Daughter andthe suggestion of the dowry and also byVIEW DOCUMENT
1555 words - 6 pagesthe film, the devil tempts Faust with a vision of a beautiful lady. The devil took him to a wedding feast wherein Faust was able to attain the woman who was hypnotized by the devil. The sand runs out while Faust was making love with the Italian Duchess. He is now required to return to his old life, but he refused. Instead, he agreed to make the pact last a lifetime in order to continue making love to the beautiful woman. When Faust eventually became weary, he asked Mephistopheles to bring him back home where he falls in love with a simple and innocent girl named Gretchen who eventually will like him when she was charmed by the golden necklace left by the devil. Gretchen, who was in aVIEW DOCUMENT
633 words - 3 pagesJacob Lawrence made African American families the subject of some of his art, but used those subjects to convey complex messages about family and society. “The Builders” shows a confident, well-dressed family, while “This is a Family Living in Harlem” portrays a family living in austerity and melancholy. While both paintings feature families, the paintings evoke moods that are starkly different.
While “The Builders” does feature construction workers, the center of the painting is a family on a walk together. The workers andthe lumber they are using serve to frame the family and make them the focal point of the work. The family is well-dressed; the father wears a suit and hat, the mother aVIEW DOCUMENT
1219 words - 5 pagesIn his short story “Araby,” James Joyce describes a young boy’s first stirring of love and his first
encounter with the disappointment that love and life in general can cause. Throughout the story Joyce
prepares the reader for the boy’s disillusionment at the story’s end. The fifth paragraph, for example,
employs strong contrasts in language to foreshadow this disillusionment. In this passage the juxtaposition
of romantic and realistic diction, detail, and imagery foreshadows the story’s theme that, in the final
analysis, life ends in disappointment and disillusionment.
The romantic language, details, and imagery of the passage create a rapturous and sensual tone.
1070 words - 4 pages1. Introduction: the Digital andthe Humanities
Computers, digital tools andthe Internet have been radically changing the way scholars work, collaborate and publish their research and supported the creation, the storage, the analysis andthe dissemination of data and information.
While many areas of study within the natural, medical, and social sciences have a long tradition with these technologies, most of the humanities disciplines have been more reluctant and have found it more difficult or inappropriate to integrate computational tools that are generally built to perform quantitative analysis.
Even thought in the last years new activities and new research opportunities have emergedVIEW DOCUMENT
770 words - 3 pagesThe seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in Europe brought about sincere and contrasting artistic movements characterized by both the Baroque and Rococo Styles. With two distinct epochs we find one overly ornate with dramatic tendencies, while the other expressed a more playful, light hearted sensibility within the elaborate landscape. Ecstasy of St. Theresa by Bernini created during the High Roman Baroque period embodies both great similarities and contradictions to Rococo’s Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s, The Swing in composition and theme. Both the Baroque and Rococo masterpieces were influenced by the cultural and political temperaments of their time and space.
The Baroque aesthetic wasVIEW DOCUMENT