He first expunges on the painting of the duchess and then digresses to her personality and all her transgressions. I recommend this poem sothat you can understand the true meaning of love and selfishness. However, there was a radical change in the Victorian times where prostitution became such a big issue. The former Duchess, according to the Duke had the habit of smiling at everybody and everything. There she stands As if alive.
In addition to that arrogance, there is an exasperated brain that can nit accept that he is unable to subjugate his wife that force him to kill her. This causing her humiliation and pain. It is important to note that though the characters and setting have a historical context, except the Duke and indirectly the Duchess, the poem hardly throws light on any of the others. The Duke in My Last Duchess is visibly a tyrant, a neurotic who does not feel any repentance for the demise of his first wife. But an emotion which is totally alien to him makes him lose self-control completely.
With further 1523 Words 7 Pages Zografakis English Period 8 7 November 2014 Throughout history, gender roles have been an important barrier in society. He acts as though she has to be out of her mind to believe for one second that anything could be as great as being given his name. His sensitivity and his humility are flaws rather than his strengths, and his inexperience about an unknown society adds to the misery. The Duke is severely jealous that she showed no more appreciation to him for his gifts. I would say the majority of these poems Havisham, Duchess, Laboratory and Photographer all feature protagonists with mental disorders, after or during certain situations. If it had been the case they would not have a run-away marriage. His inability to control the live duchess herself, resulted in her death, and now all that remains is another valued object, which he is in complete control of.
He says that she values her white mule, a branch of cherries, and a sunset as much as she values a peice of jewelry that he had given her. The poet creates a rivalry between word and image, as if to ask which is more accurate and more powerful. This sounded as if men often gave her gifts and it made the Duke furious because he thought that men were attracted to her. The poem is ironical and reveals its rhetorical sense, gradually. The Duke seems happier with a painting of her because he can control who gets to look at the joy in her face. There is also a copious use of enjambment or a poetic technique in which a line ends in the middle of a thought and does not have any punctuation.
The question that still remains unanswered is, why is this his last Duchess? It seems that the Duke commanded her in such a way as to make her stop smiling altogether. He was too haughty to correct her. Figures of speech used Simile: The first two lines of the poem in which the Duke compares his late wife to a living person is an instance of simile. It would seem that she was too easily pleased by everyone around her. As the duke attempts to paint an inaccurate picture of himself to the agent, desiring to appear as a nobel, but abused and caring, loving husband who had no choice but to murder his prideful, disrespectful wife, the duke's true controlling, manipulative, jealous nature is revealed. A feeling where you would do anything to help the other person, to make them happy even if it means you 're unhappy. Prominent literary devices Dramatic Irony: The fact that the Duke comes across as a cruel dictator becomes apparent to the reader with the progression of his lengthy speech while he, being wholeheartedly engrossed in a fierce criticism of his late wife, remains oblivious to it.
The Duke then sought to remarry, nd this time, his proposed fiancée was the sister of the count of Tyrol, Barbara. The beginning of each poem is started off with an image. My favour at her breast, The dropping of the daylight in the West, The bough of cherries some officious fool Broke in the orchard for her, the white mule She rode with round the terrace—all and each Would draw from her alike the approving speech, Or blush, at least. In his dramatic monologue, Robert Browning uses irony, diction, and imagery to achieve a haunting effect. Then the final few lines give another quick insight into another area of the Dukes somewhat bitter personality.
The Duchess died under very suspicious circumstances. I think Browning hints that the duke has a barbarian attitude which he gets from his German ancestors who came over the Alps into Italy nine hundred years previously. Through his speech, the speaker unintentionally reveals his own personality. The frequent use of caesura throughout the poem emphasize the duke's control over the conversation. The speakers unintentionally reveal their insanity, in both poems, through their separate accounts.
This change may show the reader more insight into the poem without directly stating the underlying facts. B make comparisons between the poems as you go along such as both characters in the two Browning poems show possessive love. One of the most effective ways for an individual to solely get their point across is a dramatic monologue. Everybody wants to get their point of view heard. Perhaps he thought himself to high and mighty to stoop to talk to a woman, even if that woman was his wife. An object of such compelling verity and beauty, the portrait so bothers the Duke that he keeps it hidden and under his power, as we can surmise he kept his wife, and perhaps this next Duchess, in his castle. Tone The tone of the poem is one of arrogance that is carefully hidden by a falsely polite gesture.
The lesson here that love can be also deadly for it can kill someone you love. Unlike Othello he is temperamentally a tyrant. A brief summary While negotiating with the emissary concerning his second marriage to Barbara, the Duke shows him a portrait of his last duchess painted by a friar named Pandolf. Notice Neptune, though, Taming a sea-horse, thought a rarity, Which Claus of Innsbruck cast in bronze for me! Indeed, both wives are victimized by men whose minds become infested by the plaguing, powerful disease of jealousy. Women are forced to satisfy expectations established by men and society. He has critical taste in art. Not to say that Browning did not include symbolic references in the poem but from the standpoint of the Duke he does not express much symbolism.