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Intro to Literature Paper II My analysis of the setting in My Last Duchess andDover Beach At first glance the setting of a poem is the psychological andphysiological environment in which the story takes place In some instances thesetting is used to develop the characters Robert Browning and Matthew Arnolduse the setting to expose their character traits My Last Duchess and DoverBeach respectively portray the weaknesses of the characters using elements fromthe setting The text page 629 and 630 tells us that the setting in My LastDuchess displays a valuable art form that exposes his greed and cruelty DoverBeach demonstrates changeability and impermanence The speakers solution isto establish personal fidelity as a fixture against change dissolution and brutalityEven though the text tells us the main use of setting in these two poems I believethat many individual words used in the poems help describe the surroundings andthe feelings that the speaker is trying to get across Robert Browning the author ofMy Last Duchess uses the setting to show the Dukes greed cruelty andjealousy The development of the setting begins with the Duke showing an agentfor the Count of Tyrol the curtained picture of his deceased Duchess Count ofTroy sent an agent in order to see if the Duke is worthy to marry his daughter Thefact that he keeps the picture behind closed curtains and deems it a privilege toview the Dukes last Duchess illustrates his possessiveness and greed Shethanked men--good But thanked somehow--I know not how--as if she ranked mygift of nine-hundred-years-old name with anybodys gift This line lends to thesetting by showing his greed and how he places himself above other menaccording to his possessions and can not believe that she had the audacity to placethe Duke in the same category as other men The physical setting of this poem isrevealed by phrases such as Thats my Duchess painted on the wall and wordslike curtains and Duke Duke itself makes one think of a
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