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Pride and Ego Thats my last Duchess painted on the wallLooking as if she were alive I callThat piece a wonder now Fra Pandolfs handsWorked busily a day and there she stands In the first four lines of Robert Brownings beautifully written poetic monologue The Last Duchess the reader is introduced to the Dukes haughty and nonchalant attitude toward his deceased first wife This outlook is carried through the entire piece as I observe his obvious admiration of his beloved portrait and his eventual disclosure that his Duchess did not die of natural causes The Duke alludes to the fact that he ordered the murder of his wife simply because his enormous ego was affronted His obvious need for her undivided attention and complete control over her every move provoked him to have this deed carried out One can almost hear the Dukes true feelings of indignance as he describes the Duchess to his guest Sir twas notHer husbands presence only called that spotOf joy into the Duchess cheek Her countenance and demeanor illustrated a true love of life as it seems to have affected the way she treated those she encountered It is as if she looked upon everyone as equal in stature with no regard to status Regrettably for her this included the Duke whose idea of respect is to be placed above all else and treated reverentially She hadA heart how shall I say too soon made gladToo easily impressed she liked whateerShe looked on and her looks went everywhere Unfortunately because she seemed to be enchanted with her surroundings and not completely focused on her husband the Dukes warped ideas of respect and subservience were insulted Since he is the Duke of Ferrara and a prominent figure in society he expects to be shown complete reverence and be the center of attention He demands nothing less from his wife although it seems as if that particular demand eludes
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