My Last Duchess Analysis

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My last duchess is a poem created in 1845 by the Victorian poet Robert browning about renaissance duke of a place called Ferrara. The poem was about a duke who is going to get married after the death of his last wife and he is talking to the messenger sent from the count of Tyrone. In the poem the duke is seen as a narcissistic and rapacious when he is talking to the emissary. Also the duke holds his wealth and position higher than anything else which contributed to unscrupulous relationship the duke and the duchess had. The duke’s rapacious nature can be seen many times throughout the poem, one of these moments can be seen from line 1 to 10 in the poem where he talks about who painted the painting and their reputation in the artistic world more than the subject of the painting. These references show how much the duke values wealth. After the duke has finished admiring the artwork of artist he goes on to talk about the innocent face of the duchess. Many strangers observe the painting and admire the honest, depth and passion of the duchesses face however in the quote “But to myself they turned” shows that the duke had completely different thoughts about the painting. The messenger wasn’t the first person to talk about the duchesses face and whenever people ask about the face he replies in a very intimidating manner. The duke is also seen as a possessive person as seen in the quote “the curtain I have drawn for you”. This shows that he wants to be possessive over the duchess' lasting remains by keeping it behind a curtain where he can open and close as he pleases. In the quote “sir twas not her husband's presence only that created the spot of joy” The spot of joy represents blushing which the duchess always did. This made the duke irate as he thought he should be the only one to make the duchess blush. The duke was very suspicious of the duchess and accused the duchess

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