Duchess Essays

  • duchess

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    John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi is a seventeenth-century revenge tragedy. Pacheco defines revenge tragedy as a play that concerns itself with a character who ‘struggles to find justice in a dramatic world in which the privileged few abuse their power’ (2012, p.5). The Duchess is the play’s protagonist who ‘struggles to find justice’ against her brothers’ desire to seek revenge for her secret marriage to Antonio. This assignment will argue that the extract provided is fundamental in contributing

  • The Duchess of Malfi

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    ends. The Duchess of Malfi is a revenge tragedy, but Webster has used the form for much more than just its entertainment value; he has used it as a vehicle for the exploration of some themes relevant to the society of his time. Webster based his plot on a true story set in Italy, and kept the Italian setting because like Shakespeare and other playwrights of his day, he had to use politically-acceptable foreign settings in which to explore ideas such as those presented in The Duchess of Malfi,

  • The Duchess of Malti

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    John Webster’s The Duchess 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 The Duchess 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

  • Compare And Contrast The Duchess Of Rpeari And The Duchess Of Malfi

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    of The Duchess of Malfi written by John Webster somewhere between 1580 and 1625. This is a story of tragic loss, desperate love, and vicious vengeance which all comes together to form one of the greatest tragedies of all time. With the timeframe that this story was produced, it becomes the duty of any English critic to compare and contrast with other works that were also produced in that time. One of these comparisons is none other than the work of the great Shakespeare. Although The Duchess of Malfi

  • The Duchess of Malfi - Character Summary

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    The Duchess of Malfi - Character Summary "The birds that live i' th' field On the wild benefit of nature, live Happier than we; for they may choose their mates, And carol their sweet pleasures to the spring." The Duchess of Malfi (3.5.18-21) The Duchess of Malfi: Character Summary A widow, the duchess rules her duchy alone. Lonely and in love, she secretly marries her steward Antonio. This is done in a hand-fast marriage witnessed by Cariola, the Duchess' hand-maiden. By choosing

  • Inviting Destruction in Duchess of Malfi

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    Inviting Destruction in Duchess of Malfi It has been asserted that, through her willfulness, the Duchess invites her own destruction.  However the assertion has to be looked at from a 17th century point-of-view, as well as a modern one. The assertion is firmly rooted in the issue of human rights, and that issue has changed and evolved an enormous amount over the past few centuries, since Duchess of Malfi was written. Society in the early 17th century was very different from ours today; then

  • The Book of the Duchess, the Parliament of Fowls, and the House of Fame

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    The Book of the Duchess, the Parliament of Fowls, and the House of Fame The Parliament of Fowls and the House of Fame are closely related to each other and to the Book of the Duchess, as all three of the poetry share several similar themes. Written between 1368 and 1380 they are some of Chaucer’s earliest works in which aspects of some of the great writers of his time are evident. There are three major themes intertwined within the three works, which Chaucer has added to the Dream Vision genre

  • my last duchess

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    Poets often use literary techniques to clearly convey the personalities of their speakers. In “My Last Duchess”, Robert Browning uses point of view, diction, and imagery to achieve a powerful effect, underlining the attitude and personality of the Duke. In a dramatic monologue, character development is based on what the speaker says, and how he says it. In “My Last Duchess”, the speaker of the monologue addresses a fictional audience, and the reader is seen as an unnoticed third party. It is because

  • My Last Duchess

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    Robert Browning is remembered for his mastery at capturing the essence and power of the dramatic monologue. Through symbolism, structure and technique, Browning creates the model of the ideal dramatic monologue in the poem, "My Last Duchess." "My Last Duchess" was published in 1845. "Ferrara" is the subtitle of the poem and assists in disclosing the design of the poem, a portrayal of Alfonso II, the fifth Duke of Ferrara. The historical life of Alfonso II fits intricately with the events and happenings

  • The Duchess Monologue

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    jealousy can be. This poem shows how the duke was overtaken by his desire to control the duchess and became overtaken by insecurity, jealousy, and egotistical feelings. This poem shows how one can be driven by greed and jealousy to commit atrocities. The direct purpose of the duke 's monologue is to act as a warning to the representative of the count so that the duke would not marry another woman like his "last duchess". However, the poem 's influence extends father than this and readers can see Browning

  • Two Personalities in My Last Duchess

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    Two Personalities in My Last Duchess The poem "My Last Duchess" is about a powerful Duke, and his beautiful, flirtatious wife who has two different personalities, one that was reality and the other was the lady in the painting. The poem begins and ends with him mourning the loss of his deceased Duchess, but from the way that the mighty Duke speaks, he knows more about her death than he leads us to believe. The Duke chooses his word very carefully, when he talks to his friend about the

  • The Duchess of Malfi: A True Villain

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    According 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, The Duchess of Malfi, the plot line revolves around a duchess and her two brothers. The Duchess 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

  • Narcissism in My Last Duchess

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    Robert Browning’s poem “My last Duchess'; is spoken from the perspective of the Duke and conveys the Dukes personality through the literary form of a dramatic monologue. It involves a fictional account of the Duke addressing an envoy from the Count to talk of details for the hopeful marriage to the Count’s daughter. The subtitle of this monologue is “Ferrara,'; which suggests an historical reference to Alfonso II, the fifth Duke of Ferrara in Italy in the mid-sixteenth century. The objective of the

  • A Comparison of Pride in King Lear and The Duchess of Malfi

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    The Sin of Pride Exposed in King Lear, and The Duchess 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, and the docile lamb of humility. The lion and the peacocks are of the species known as pride, while the lamb is of an entirely different, in fact antithetical

  • Defying Male Power in John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi

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    John Webster's play The Duchess of Malfi is an illustration of the unequal power relations between the sexes during the sixteenth century. In the play the brothers Ferdinand and the Cardinal are shown as men who want to control their sister the Duchess by not letting her remarry. Out of this situation emerges the Duchess who, in spite of her promise not to marry again (p. 1298), will do the complete opposite, thus defying male power. Her conversation with Antonio (lines 317-61, pp. 1292-3)

  • My Last Duchess

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    criticisms or to better understand the true meaning of the piece, there is no stopping it. Such is the case with Robert Browning’s dramatic monologue, “My Last Duchess.” It is a piece that has been analyzed constantly by critics and reviewers. These people have helped others to better understand and enjoy the poem. Browning’s poem, “My Last Duchess,” has baffled and inspired many people throughout history with his wonderful skills using illusion, style, and influence. Browning uses many literary devices

  • My Last Duchess

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    arrogant that they become psychotic? In the poem, “My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning, the Duke speaks about his last wife who is now dead. This poem is written differently because of its words and dramatic monologue. Although the Duke emphasizes his wife, his words show more of his authority. I believe the major theme of this poem is Duke’s possession and power. I chose this poem because it changed my perspective on power. I relate to the Duchess because in my past I had people controlling me. I concluded

  • The Duke And His Duchess

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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

  • My Last Duchess

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    Throughout ‘My Last Duchess’, the Duke is portrayed by Browning as a domineering figure who has an obsession with controlling and manipulating others. One way the Duke tries to assert his dominance is by controlling the rhythm of speech. The poem is written in iambic pentameter but the Duke constantly distorts it with caesurae. In the beginning of the poem, the Duke calls ‘That piece a wonder, now’, where the comma before ‘now’ breaks up the rhythm and allows the Duke to control that line. The break

  • A Comparison of My Last Duchess and Ulysses

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    Comparing My Last Duchess and Ulysses Both of the poems, ‘My Last Duchess’ by Robert Browning and ‘Ulysses’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson, are examples of dramatic monologues, in that they solely consist of the speech of the protagonist. As a result, they have few or, in the case of ‘My Last Duchess’, only one stanza. Many enjambed lines and many irregularities in the basic form of iambic pentameter also hide the rhyming couplets in this poem. ‘My Last Duchess’ is set in Renaissance Italy and is the