The Duke in "My Last Duchess" is an arrogant, disrespectful man, who cares more about status and wealth than love. He is very selfish, who is jealous about his ex-wife for not giving him attention in the way he wanted. He wanted her to treat above everyone else. The speaker in "To His Coy Mistress" gives us the impression that he is a respectful man. He is also well-spoken and this is important because it is his main strength which he uses to attract her towards him.
Already, there is a clear pattern shown in these poems in the relationships between men and women; the man has little respect for the female. In Marvell’s poem the man is making sexual advances to the woman, and in Browning’s poem the Duke talks about how the Duchess annoyed him with her personality and flirting nature when he says She had A heart how shall I say? too soon made glad, Too easily impressed; she liked whate'er She looked on, and her looks went everywhere. and then how he ordered her death, and now how he is trying to get someone else to find him another wife. The speaker
He is very open about his sexism and ignorantly acts on it. It is arguable that even if Creon was not the king, he would still have felt strongly about his aforementioned quote. He says that he shall not be ordered when he says “while I live, shall order me,” but he displays his sexist mindset when he says “no woman,” making him very rigid in his opinion about females being inferior to males. Creon’s characterization of a sexist man causes him to compare women to very negative things. Creon compares
The Duke is also a little arrogant and he reveals it by stating “my gift of a nine-hundred-years-old name / with anybody’s gift.” (33-34) His egotism and pride becomes very obvious here. He talks about his noble heritage and how the Duchess does not seem to respect the “gift” he has given her. He expected her to be proud of the name she acquired through him. He expected her to even flaunt it. The Duke reveals his egotism.
Browning contrasts the Duke’s representation of the duchess with the factual representation emphasising the Duke’s manic state and causing the audience to strongly oppose the duke as a person. Men feel the need to retain their pride in relationships which reflects the social attitudes and patriarchal values of the Victorian Era. The Victorian Era was a time of a changing social attitudes and people felt insecure and questioned their dominance with an increased male ego. This is evident in Browning’s portrayal of the Duke in “My Last Duchess”. Browning contrasts the happiness of the duchess with by providing imagery of nature, “Bough of cherries” and “orchard” with the dark, manic mind of the duke.
Bernard’s actions hurt him a lot and he feels emotionally hurt. His excellence brings him a torture which others think is a treatment to kill his excellence. Also, Ender’s excellence is disliked by others when colonel Graff uses his sister to add torture toward Ender. Ender’s one weakness, his sister Valentine’s love is abolished by colonel Graff so that Ender will have no
Capulet insults Juliet by calling her a “tallow-face!” and “disobedient wretch!” Name calling is a very childish thing to do and here we see Capulet just throwing a tantrum because he is not getting his way. This shows that Capulet is not used to Juliet or anyone disobeying him, he is used to being in the spotlight where people treat him as royalty. However as soon as someone does not do what he says he goes mad and you can see this because he starts cursing his only child and he doesn’t care about how she might feel. This is very immature because he just carries on shouting at her and doesn’t even stop to actually question her motives because all he wants is for Juliet to change her mind. He is also cruel in his choice of insults as he calls her a “green-sickness carrion!” and he is trying to tell her that she’s no different than a pile of skeletons if she doesn’t marry
Another example of jealousy is at the end of the play where Othello thinks that Desdemona has been unfaithful towards him with Casio. The character Iago is mischievous and evil as he causes jealousy between many of the characters such as Othello and Desdemona. Iago is also jealous. He is jealous of Othello because Othello has a higher status than him, As it was a time where Racism was quite big, Iago could feel that Othello does not feel Othello deserves his status. The racism is shown a lot in the play when Iago refers to Othello as 'the moor' an example of this is in act one scene one line 40.
The effect of racism on Othello is quite evident and is one of the main causes for his insecurity about his marriage. However, Othello is not wholly the tragedy of racism. The theme of jealousy is also extremely important in Othello. Racism may play a large part in the tragedy, Othello, but it certainly does not adequately explain the entire play. Othello is a nobleman, a decorated soldier, very well respected by his men... ... middle of paper ... ...ortant.
reveals not only the reason of the duke’s disapproval of his former duchess behavior, but aspects of his personality as well. The speaker is the Duke of Ferrara . He regarded his late wife as a mere object . He likes the portrait of her (the subject of his monologue) because, unlike the duchess when she was alive, it only reveals her beauty and none of the qualities in her that annoyed the duke when she was alive. Moreover, he now has complete control of the portrait as a pretty art object that he can show to visitors.