A Comparison of the Attitudes Shown in The Man He Killed By Tomas Hardy and in My Last Duchess by Robert Browning

A Comparison of the Attitudes Shown in The Man He Killed By Tomas Hardy and in My Last Duchess by Robert Browning

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A 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;

“I shot him dead because-

Because he was my he was my foe,

Just so – my foe of coarse he was;

That’s clear enough; although.”

His guilt is evident because he is questioning his actions; this is
reinforced by the repetition of the word ‘foe’. Also the use of the
words ‘That’s clear enough…’ where he is trying to reassure himself,
about his actions.

My Last Duchess The duke does not feel guilty for his actions; this is
evident when he says;

“I gave commands;

Then all smiles stopped together.”

His lack of guilt is evident because he is giving commands to someone
to kill his wife; and he is not showing any regret or sadness.
Therefore the two characters feel very differently about the deaths
that they have both been involved in. The attitudes about the deaths
are very different: both men also reveal different attitudes towards
the past.

The Duke would kill again if his wife was not perfect and the solider
would kill again only if he came into contact with anothe...


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...itudes of the
two characters are extremely different.

In the two poems both Thomas Hardy and, Robert Browning use
enjambment, to emphasise what they are saying, and to reflect on the
naturalistic speech. In The Man He Killed

“That’s clear enough; although

He thought he’d list perhaps “

Here enjambment is used to show the hesitation, the moment he realises
that the other man was just like him. In My Last Duchess,’ enjambment
is used in a different way

“I gave commands;

Then all smiles stopped together”

The Duke is thinking about what he has done – the audience are
encouraged to reflect on this and are naturally shocked at what he has
done. This quote shows that both writers used enjambment in two
different ways, to emphasize their character’s actions towards the
deaths that have occurred.

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