" My Last Duchess” topic
In Robert Browning’s poem “My Last Duchess,” a dramatic monologue, the author offers us a mind frame of picturing a man of powerful and jealous qualities whose main goal in life seems to be to towards controlling others. The Duke, who is not really Browning, but a sort of persona or fictitious voice, attempts to show his worth, partially through his claim that nobody can deceive him. What is ironically is that he really actually starts to show how unworthy he really is, through the way he deceives himself. Additionally, in the beginning the Duke is discussing to a mediator on behalf of a very important person, assuming to clarify the details of an arranged marriage, whom we eventually gather is a sort of envoy from a certain Count whose daughter the Duke will marry. In other words, she will become his “next duchess.” As the poem carries on early in the poem, the audience get the vibe that the Duke questioned his relationship with the Duchess in the portrait. It is at this moment in the poem that the Duke begins to tell the reasons he did not trust his ex-wife. His attitude towards the duchess was quite absurd here in this example, “"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. She thanked men, --good; but thanked Somehow...I know not how...as if she ranked My gift of a nine-hundred-years-old name" (27-33). As it shows, it is obvious to see that the Duke has listed many "flaws" of the Duchess, with his strong ego thinking that she hasn’t quite made the cut in terms of being his next wife.
In conclusion, the Duke believes that his ex-wife was not loyal enough and did not meet the standards of a Duchess. Therefore, he had his wife murdered. The ex-wife is the victim although she had not done anything wrong. Which makes the title seem...