Literature of the era, in circles both journalistic and literary, portrayed women as fragile creatures in need of a husband. Section 5 Lines 47-56 The company below then. No one questions this power which further fuels the Duke's confidence in his tyrannical, abusive, power-hungry ways with no remorse or consideration. He blames his wife for smiling back courteously to everyone whom she encountered in her life. In this, it is made clear that the duke is not interested in love but in control and possession. Alfonso believes that she thanked many men, but in a suspicious way.
The negative implications of the duchess are accentuated in the following lines when her blush is attributed to Far Fanfold remarks. Well, it was not just her husband who made her look happy. The diction and images used by the speakers expresses their evil thoughts, as well as indicate their evil natures. I call That piece a wonder. Commentary But Browning has more in mind than simply creating a colorful character and placing him in a picturesque historical scene.
In terms of meter, Browning represents the duke's incessant control of story by using a regular meter but also enjambment where the phrases do not end at the close of a line. She thanked men, — good! He brings the man back downstairs with him, and as they walk, he points out bronze statue that was made especially for him. Instead of presenting an unfaithful wife in the eyes of duke, the reader notices the egotistical and jealous mind of the duke himself. This is one of the most popular poems of Robert Browning. Browning forces his reader to become involved in the poem in order to understand it, and this adds to the fun of reading his work. He mentions that he expects a high dowry, though he is happy enough with the daughter herself. There in the painting is my gift to her, pinned at her breast.
These lines definitely show his jealousy and rage and give us the idea that he arranged her death. But the lens of aristocracy undercuts the wonderful psychological nature of the poem, which is overall more concerned with human contradictions than with social or economic criticism. On the way down, Alfonso points out at another art piece — Neptune taming a sea-horse. This is an indicator of the mastery achieved by Robert Browning in the use of dramatic monologue. Absolute Power Over Domestic Life vs. The Last Duchess is considered to be Lucrezia de Medici, wife of Alfonso. I think it's a wonderful painting by Fra Pandolf.
At the poem's opening, the duke has just pulled back a curtain to reveal to the envoy a portrait of his previous duchess. The Dukes actions and words show that he likes being the one in control. As the Duke and emissary leave to return to the other guests, the Duke calls attention to his bronze statue of Neptune taming a seahorse. Be sure to check out on Ask Will Online. The question that still remains unanswered is, why is this his last Duchess? Most often, he casts doubt on the structure and hypocrisy of organized religion.
His dramatic monologues about artists attempt to capture some of this philosophizing because his characters speculate on the purposes of art. The first contradiction to consider is how charming the duke actually is. He does not reveal whether she is deceased or put away in a convent somewhere. GradeSaver, 27 January 2013 Web. This statement is true but its phrasing leads to misunderstanding. Browning reveals that this mentality was widespread during this time.
The poem takes place in media res of the Duke consulting and arranging his second marriage. There she stands As if alive. The first object he shows the servant is the portrait of his former wife, the duchess, painted by Fra Pandolf. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Browning populated his poems with evil people, who commit crimes and sins ranging from hatred to murder. The courtier has seen a curtain which conceals a painting, and the duke decides to treat his guest to a viewing of a very special portrait of his late wife. Now that she was put away somewhere, and her life-size painting was on the wall, he could be the only one to ever see that look of joy on her face, because he would allow no one else to look at the painting without his permission. He does so successfully on several occasions.
The Duke was not happy with this. These two reasons alone suggest the Duke used them to justify his actions. The enjambment works against the otherwise orderly meter to remind us that the duke will control his world, including the rhyme scheme of his monologue. Fanthorpe's poem is themed around the painting St George and the Dragon by the artist Uccello. Notice Neptune, though, Taming a sea-horse, thought a rarity, Which Claus of Innsbruck cast in bronze for me! The duke's life seems to be made of repeated gestures. The speaker in this poem is the Duke of Ferrara. Then he would speculate on the character or artistic philosophy that would lead to such a success or failure.
However, Alfonso expresses that it is too low to bend to her level and try to mend her ways even if it is possible. Enjambment is when a line of poetry ends in the middle of a thought without any punctuation. This essay will look at ways William Shakespeare 1564-1616, English actor and playwright and Robert Browning 1812-1889, English poet and playwright consider love, murder and jealousy in the play Macbeth and the poems, My Last Duchess and The Laboratory. The subject of the Last Duchess comes up due to the picture on the wall of herself. Why would he expect that his presence alone, and nothing else, would bring joy to her face? Most often, what this dramatic irony reveals is that the speaker is deluded or does not quite realize the truth of something. It is this theme that propels, underlies and defines the very core of the Duchess' fate. The sun was setting in the west.