Which leads me to believe that the Duke killed his wife, or had someone to put her to her death. As the Duke speaks of his Duchess, in the beginning, he sounds extremely compassionate and caring towards her. The Duke had an absolute love for his Duchess as most husbands and wives do. He sounded so proud of her and the beauty that she posed: almost like she was a trophy. Despite all of the pride and excitement that he showed towards her, there was an element of distrust that lingered inside of his mind.
The duke complains about how his duchess treated his gifts and anyone else gift equally, he wanted her to appreciate his gift with respect and not treat his gift like it was nothing, “She thanked men, ---good! But thanked....Somehow---I know now how---as if she ranked my gift of a nine-hundred-years-old name with anybody's gift” (stanza 31-34). Emily and the duke both had to do with their lovers' death but their motives were different. The theme for “A Rose for Emily” has to deal with death, traditions versus change, and it kind is man vs. society. Emily Grierson was considered an e... ... middle of paper ... ...e Browning’s poem is about a duke simply annoyed by his duchess enjoying everything and disrespecting his nine hundred name.
His Last Duchess Robert Browning’s My Last Duchess is a dramatic monologue narrated by the Duke of Ferrara Even a passing gaze to this poem would paint a picture of a selfish prick of a husband and a wife whose mere fault was naivete, someone who was merely appreciative of the beauty around her, a quality that bugged her husband to the point where he accuses her of being unfaithful and gets her killed. The narrator of the poem indicates an arrogance embedded so deep in a bold sense of male superiority. However, a wise man once said ‘there is no smoke without fire’. While the Duke sounds a little mental for not being able to have enough balls to communicate with his duchess and being on a brink of remarrying after causing
More importantly, the Duke did not approve the behavior of his previous wife and will tolerate it again. As the story begins, the Duke is speaking to the other male character about the portrait of his previous wife. A painter by the name of Fra Pandolf had painted the portrait and it is said that Pandolf's hands may have wandered as well. The following lines can make the audience wonder about the relationship between Pandolf and the Duke's ex-wife. "That piece a wonder, now: Fra Pandolf's hands / Worked busily a day, and there she stands" (lines 3-4).
He then reminisces about his late wife, remembering that it wasn’t solely his company which brought color to her cheeks. He ponders the possibility that the painter complimenting her brought forth such a response, as she believed that such attentions were all just formalities and politeness. He continues, scorning the nature of the duchess; she found something to praise in whatever she saw. He finds it disdainful that things so simple and unworthy as the sunset or a small offering of fruit some officer could make her as happy as his gift to her, his hand in matrimony and an ancient name. He says that no one could really fault the duchess for her flighty nature, but even if he had the power of speech required to make his expectations from her clear, it was beneath him to do so.
Through the appearance of jealousy, the Duke tries to hide his actual inner struggle of insecurity. The Duke may have that feeling, possibly because of his appearance and how the Duchess usurpers him in that category. This results, in the Duke poisoning the Duchess, because the Duke comes to the conclusion that possibly someday she would grow tired of him and have an affair. So not only did he murder her but in doing so he made sure she could only be with him, thus sealing her fate. For this reason, the Duke clearly thinks of himself as a self-justifier who is attempting to cover up his feelings and actions by getting rid of her.
This monologue as spoken by the Duke represents many definitive traits that the Duke encompasses in his character. The manner in which he views his deceased Duchess demonstrates his egotistical view of himself. His selfish, jealous, protective, greedy, paranoid persona is displayed by his act of killing his wife. He could not control his Duchess as he wanted so his arrogance and his shallowness got the better of him until he could no longer do anything except kill her. The painting represents a wife that he can control until the day he died.
A resemble example for ludic and possessive love reveals in the poem "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning. Just from the word "Last" could infer that the main character Duke of Ferara had more than one wife. However, his last duchess is the subject of the painting that he show to the visitors. In the poem, the Duke welcome a stranger to look at his painting of the last duchess, but every stranger when they saw the paint would be inspired by the passionate look on her cheek. The Duke then speaks: "Strangers like you that pictured countenance,/ The depth and passion of its earnest glance,/ But to myself they turned (since none puts by/ The curtain I have drawn for you, but I)/ And seemed as they would ask me, if they durst,/ How such a glance came there; so, not the first/ Are you turn and ask thus" (7-13).
Furthermore, since the Duke is wealthy, he is able to get away with this murder, and is talking to a person who happens to want to marry his daughter. What is bizarre with this story is that, the duke seems to get jealous over the most simple things, such as when Fra Pandolf was painting her portrait, and the duke said, “Her husband’s presence only, called that spot of joy in the Duchess cheek; perhaps Fra Pandolf’s chanced to say “Her mantle laps Over my lady’s wrist too much,” or “Paint must never hope to reproduce the faint half-flush that dies along her throat”(Browning Ln 15-18). Throughout the story, he continues to talk about how this jealousy affected the Duchess, but the most interesting part is when he said, whenever I passed her; but who passed without much the same smile? This grew; I gave commands; then all smiles stopped together. There she stands As if alive” (Browning ln
It also reminds us of the Renaissance setting and shows that his is wealthy. Comparing the two poems shows that Browning has a very pessimistic view of relationships. It seems he feels that relationships without love and admiration can never work and will end in disaster as is apparent from "My Last Duchess". Ironically he also feels that a relationship with love cannot be sustained either, which is evident from "Porphyria's Lover". In "My Last Duchess" she dies because she did not give the Duke the admiration he desired, but when in "Porphyria's lover" Porphyria made her love for her lover clear, he kills her anyway.