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Term Papers Setting in Dover Beach My Last Duches Intro to Literature Paper II My analysis of the setting in My Last Duchess and Dover Beach At first glance the setting of a poem is the psychological and physiological environment in which the story takes place In some instances the setting is used to develop the characters Robert Browning and Matthew Arnold use the setting to expose their character traits My Last Duchess and Dover Beach respectively portray the weaknesses of the characters using elements from the setting The text page 629 and 630 tells us that the setting in My Last Duchess displays a valuable art form that exposes his greed and cruelty Dover Beach demonstrates changeability and impermanence The speakers solution is to establish personal fidelity as a fixture against change dissolution and brutality Even though the text tells us the main use of setting in these two poems I believe that many individual words used in the poems help describe the surroundings and the feelings that the speaker is trying to get across Robert Browning the author of My Last Duchess uses the setting to show the Dukes greed cruelty and jealousy The development of the setting begins with the Duke showing an agent for the Count of Tyrol the curtained picture of his deceased Duchess Count of Troy sent an agent in order to see if the Duke is worthy to marry his daughter The fact that he keeps the picture behind closed curtains and deems it a privilege to view the Dukes last Duchess illustrates his possessiveness and greed She thanked men--good But thanked somehow--I know not how--as if she ranked my gift of nine-hundred-years-old name with anybodys gift This line lends to the setting by showing his greed and how he places himself above other men according to his possessions and can not believe that she had the audacity to place the
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