On the other hand, on “My Last Duchess”, the speaker is a Duke who is going to be remarried. As the speaker shows his new wife’s father a painting of his previous wife he describes how she was like. Unlike the previous poem, this one clearly depicts the speaker as a monster. He had his wife murdered for what comes across as fairly innocent crimes. In the following lines he states;
The Duke’s resentment towards his late wife in committing grave crimes (to him) justifies her post-mortem punishment and even humiliation. As he could not force her to cede her sexuality in life, he had her killed in order to triumph. By merely displaying this painting to the envoy and retelling the story of “My Late Duchess,” the Duke finalizes his intentions to embark on yet another battle to control the sexuality of his future Duchess, and claim victory of that of his previous’.
Initially, both speakers in the literary texts are similar because they killed their lovers. In Duchess, the duke that is the speaker says blatantly that he killed his last wife. As the speaker says in lines 45-46, “I gave commands; then the smiling stopped all together.” These lines mean that he told her to stop smiling, but she didn’t listen to him, so therefore he killed her, thus the smiles stopped all together. He explained that he did this such action because she smiled too much. In the same way, the speaker of Lover explained that he killed his lover too. The speaker grabbed his woman’s hair, and wrapped it around her neck three times, and strangled her to death! “I found a thing to do, and all her hair in one long yellow string I wound three times her little throat around, and strangled her” (Lines 37-41).
There is seldom a more deeply rooted bond than that between an artist and his masterpiece. However, in the poem "My Last Duchess", written by Robert Browning, it is not, in fact, the artist that possesses this bond, but the owner of the artwork. This dramatic monologue seems to be a tragic love story at first; however, as the story progresses, is it revealed to the audience that the grief-stricken Duke may have had some issues with his blushing bride. While addressing a representative of his future fiancé’s father, the Duke relays his thoughts and feelings on the untimely demise of his former Duchess. The Duke is not remorseful over the death of his bride but is instead bitter that she did not fit his expectations of a perfect wife. This is displayed through his lack of grief, his sudden remarriage, and his use of symbolic language to reveal his inner feelings.
“My Last Duchess” is written in rhymed iambic pentameter lines. It is about the inner thoughts of an individual speaker (Duke) who reveals a portrait of his former wife to the count’s agent and explains what happened as well as what led to her unfortunate fate. There are several hints of symbolism and imagery that play a key role throughout the poem, such as the portrait of the duchess, the smiling, and the stooping. Not much is said about the portrait except that is lifelike and captures the duchess’s emotional state. The Duchess’s smile and joyous state are the biggest signs of imagery in the portrait itself and the poem. According to the Duke, he thinks their worthless because ...
Chaucer, the medieval English poet who lived from 1345 to 1400, lived through five major outbreaks of the plague, the Black Death -- from which, the swish of Death's scythe was heard for generations. The first of these outbreaks occurred when Chaucer was young, and between the years 1348 and 1350. The first plague was the hardest hitting, killed about one-third to one-half of those living in London (Ibeji). The third of these outbreaks, in 1369, struck royal blood: King Edward's wife, Philippa of Hainault, and John of Gaunt's wife, Blanche -- who was 28 at the time. During the time of Blanche's death, John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster, was not with his wife, but out at sea. And a few years after Blanche's death, perhaps for a memorial service, John of Gaunt commissioned Geoffrey Chaucer to write a poem (Benson 329).
In conclusion, Mr. Robert Browning depicts in ‘My Last Duchess” that the Duke is not an ideal husband by referencing how controlling he is over women and other people in his vicinity. Mr. Browning also references the Duke’s jealous and petty actions that make him seem desperate for a way to seek attention. That is why the Duke disposes of her since she was not giving him the proper care he wanted he decided that she was not worthy. The Duke is also not an ideal husband based on his views of how disposal women are to him. His jealousy and insecurity lead him to be an unhappy self-centered
In “My Last Duchess” and “Porphyria’s Lover” both deal with the love of a woman. The theme for both is power and how the speaker in both want to be in control over the woman. The imagery in “My Last Duchess” is based off what the Duke’s feel and what he shares with the servant. The imagery in “Porphyria’s Lover” is based on Porphyria’s. The tone in “My Last Duchess” is arrogant and ignorant because the Duke think so much of himself and foolishly shares all his flaws. The tone in Porphyria’s Lover” is rational the speaker makes sense of the murder of a woman he loves so much. Both poems displayed dramatic
The egotistical dialogue, “E’en then would be some stooping”, shows the Duke’s belief that he does not have to explain himself to his wife, as that would be beneath him. This displays the arrogant nature of the Duke, implying he is above women and is superior, accentuating his insensitivity and pride, as he perceives his wife to be below him. The use of personal pronouns, “I” highlights the high opinion the Duke has of himself and extends the arrogance of the Duke and communicates to the audience the egotistical nature of the aristocracy, implying they are focused only on themselves. Additionally, “my gift of a nine-hundred year old name”, highlights the arrogance of the aristocracy, as it demonstrates the Duke’s belief that the wealth and aristocracy he has given his wife is a gift which she should treasure. The use of the word “gift” suggests that wealth is of great importance and privilege, conveying the pride and arrogance of the aristocracy, as they place themselves above the
They say true love only comes around once and one has to hold out and be strong until then. If such a time comes, how does one make sure their love lasts? The ideas of jealousy, guilt and trust all play major key roles through love and companionship with one another. But when one is betrayed, some seek out revenge. Back in the early 1500’s, revenge was seen by torture and or execution for such acts committed against a spouse. However, with such a dramatic change in the way we love today, revenge has taken on a whole new meaning. Therefore, looking into Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess”, we see the speaker, also known as the Duke of Ferrara, tell the story of his last Duchess to the servant. We receive an in depth view of jealousy and the unfortunate consequences through the speakers calm unseen controlling and angry attitude towards the last Duchess.
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In "My Last Duchess", by Robert Browning, the character of Duke is portrayed as having controlling, jealous, and arrogant traits. These traits are not all mentioned verbally, but mainly through his actions. In the beginning of the poem the painting of the Dukes wife is introduced to us: "That's my last Duchess painted on the wall,/ looking as of she were still alive" (1-2). These lines leave us with the suspicion that the Duchess is no longer alive, but at this point were are not totally sure. In this essay I will discuss the Dukes controlling, jealous and arrogant traits he possesses through out the poem.
My Last Duchess by Robert Browning is a dramatic monologue about a duke who is showing the portrait of his first wife, the duchess, to a servant of his future father-in-law, the Count. In a dramatic monologue, the speaker addresses a distinct but silent audience. Through his speech, the speaker unintentionally reveals his own personality. As such, in reading this poem, the reader finds the duke to be self-centered, arrogant, controlling, chauvinistic and a very jealous man. The more he attempted to conceal these traits, however, the more they became evident. There is situational irony (a discrepancy between what the character believes and what the reader knows to be true) in this because the duke does not realize this is what is happening. Instead, he thinks he appears as a powerful and noble aristocrat.
...his beloved's timelessness also appears in "Reconciliation." Yeats writes, "Some may have blamed you that you took away the verses," leading the poet to write about "kings, / Helmets, and swords, and have-forgotten things / That were like memories of you." These poems tie together the poet's vision of Maud Gonne as a woman misplaced in time, possessing, as Giorgio Melchiori writes, a "proud beauty and fire...in which a noble past clashes with a mediocre present."