However, it was also a time of poverty and repression, although the reigning monarch was female it was very much a patriarchal society. The duke is very mysterious. That he can allude to his wife's murder with impunity is testimony to the power held by such despots. In this section, the Duke seems to be remembering his former Duchess and all that bothered him about her. As the duke is saying all the nasty things about his own wife, the other man seems to try to leave the place! There is a lot of imagery about possessing objects, as well as an abundance of personal pronouns. The poem was published in the year 1842 in the third series of Bells and Pomegranate. The Duchess is not unfaithful but a woman with simple philosophy — enjoy the life and the surroundings.
The Duke views himself as a god, and he wishes to tame his wife to do whatever he wishes her to do, and even to feel whatever he wishes her to feel. He shows him a painting of his first wife, now deceased, hidden behind a curtain. This suggests that the real Duchess is no longer alive. He describes how she was just too easily pleased and too flirtatious, and this offended him, but he wouldn't stoop to actually telling her anything was wrong. This makes the readers wonder why this Duchess is no longer his present Duchess.
She did not seem to be any more thankful for this than she was thankful to watch the sun set. Moreover, the Duke is the only one who can unveil the curtain of the painting and answer the questions as no else is allowed to go near the painting. Browning reveals that this mentality was widespread during this time. This may be a way the Duke sees himself as a powerful man who is able to control what e wants and get what he wants. He has written many such poems but My Last Duchess is deservedly the best of his dramatic monologues for it depicts contrasting lives of a merry woman and a stern man. But in a monologue, part of the fun is figuring out who is this guy? The envoy: This unnamed character, Madruz, who is a native of Innsbruck remains silent throughout the poem and appears to be in awe of the Duke.
This symbolizes the Duke, and the sea-horse symbolizes any Duchess he would acquire. It contradicts what the Duke had said and shows that the last Duchess may not be the last woman he marries and also may not be the last woman he murders. This reveals that his family had been around for a very long time and thus he gave her a well known and prestigious name in marrying her. The duke is very arrogant. Apparently the Duchess was easily pleased: she smiled at everything, and seemed just as happy when someone brought her a branch of cherries as she did when the Duke decided to marry her. If it's because it's upsetting, why do you show it to strangers? Who'd stoop to blame This sort of trifling? Through his speech, the Duke is revealed to be a villain lacking remorse who ordered the murder of his former wife because she did not live up to his expectations. Now we get to the end: Nay, we'll go Together down, sir.
Likewise, when the Duke suggested they go meet the company below them he says it in a way suggesting the people below really are of lesser importance than him. 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. GradeSaver, 27 January 2013 Web. The Duke Is without a doubt a very possessive man that does not Like when others take advantage of his so called possessions. This is a curious thing to say. Then he goes creepily back to business, discussing the dowry and showing another work of art, as if that's all his 'last duchess' was to him. The duke self-righteously continues his explanation of events, rationalizing that despite his disappointment it would have been beneath him to talk openly with his wife about his feelings of jealousy.
As the Duke and the emissary walk leave the painting behind, the Duke points out other notable artworks in his collection. 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. The question that still remains unanswered is, why is this his last Duchess?. So the duke is talking to a yet-unknown person, showing off the painting of his 'last duchess,' which hangs on the wall. He praises the portrait as a masterpiece by Fra Pandolf. The narrator is very excited about hearing the story and reflects on how small moments can stay with us forever. He reveals that this painting is behind a curtain, and that no one but he is allowed to draw the curtain to view the painting or to show it to anyone.
The artists - Fra Pandolf and Claus of Innsbruck - are named with equal importance as their work, which even further reduces the significance of the actual subject of the work his wife or Neptune in favor of the resulting object, which is crafted by the artist. My Last Duchess Analysis — Lines 36-56 The Duke is clever yet remorseless in his actions. He was annoyed that she liked everything that she looked at. I call That piece a wonder, now: Fra Pandolf's hands Worked busily a day, and there she stands. He reveals that the artist is Fra Pandolf who spent a day to complete the portrait.
Two significant qualities of dramatic monologues are: i An individual who is separated from the poet narrates the speech that forms the poem. Objectively, it's easy to identify him as a monster, since he had his wife murdered for what comes across as fairly innocuous crimes. Commentary But Browning has more in mind than simply creating a colorful character and placing him in a picturesque historical scene. There she stands As if alive. This poem is a metaphor in itself of the oppression of women and domestic violence in the Victorian Era. The poem begins with the Duke of Ferrara introducing the painting to an audience probably another duke. The Duchess: It is through the expressions of the Duke that we get a glimpse of how the Duchess was in real life.
This section contains 1,246 words approx. My Last Duchess Ferrara That's my last Duchess painted on the wall, Looking as if she were alive. Critical analysis The themes Power Throughout the poem, the Duke gives ample instances of the enormous power he exercises. The narrator considers how Galuppi's music once brought pleasure to Venetians who later died, as everyone does. We also don't really know how the 'favor at her breast' manifested itself. That 'spot of joy' on her cheek isn't just dependent on her husband being there. And that dovetails really nicely with the subject matter.
As the poem begins, the Duke is discussing a portrait of the deceased Duchess with the Count's envoy who is invited to. As he shows the visitor through his palace, he stops before a portrait of the late Duchess, apparently a young and lovely girl. The shift - from 'I probably killed my first wife' to 'so let's talk about preparations for marrying my second' - is really chilling. 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. As the duke is preparing to go downstairs, probably putting on his clothes, he sees that the messenger is looking at the paintings on the wall.