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In Robert Brownings poem My Last Duchess the imagery of wealth and power are cleverly illustrated through the use of the fictitous painter Fra Pandolf The use of Fra Pandolf by Robert Browning is to clearly indicate to us the reader that it was a very expensive painting The imagery of wealth in this poem is used to divulge cruelty or evil intent We see the cruelty in his character with the callous way he revealed he had murdered his wife I gave commands Then all smiles stopped There she stands As if alive Extreme wealth equals extreme power how else would he have been able to murder his wife without facing imprisonment He shows his wealth through the use of Fra Pandolf I call That piece a wonder now Fra Pandolfs hands Worked busily a day and there she stands to mention the name of an artist is to allude to famous painters we can refer to as being very expensive possibly even priceless To mention the name twice Fra Pandolf by design is to allow us the reader to begin to immediately draw conclusions about this mans character The importance of the use of Fra Pandolf is to reveal the character of the man For the reader to begin asking questions about what type of man he is this is important because the man is giving his side of the story A heart -- how shall I say--too soon made glad Too easily impressedshe liked whateer She looked and her looks went everywhere He is trying to evoke our sympathy That he had this philandering wife and all he wanted was to please her Yet our suspicion was been aroused when he keeps referring to his status My gift of a nine-hundred-years-old name We begin to have a glimpse of what life might
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