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My last Duchess by Robert Browning was written in the 1842 but set in the 16th century and is considered to be one of the most highly regarded dramatic monologues of this period Browning is known as a master of this form this poem is about the oppression of females by a patriarchal figure His purpose in writing the poem was to explore the psychology of a person with absolute power Brownings so he chose the Duke of Ferrara hence the dukes of the Italian states had absolute power in those days In contrast to Porphyrias lover he kills Porphyria but will not get away with it unlike Duke of Ferrara Presentation of the Duchess is moulded by the Dukes sour perspective It is seen as a verse memory which symbolises the memory of a woman who seemed to be the duchess of the protagonist even though she is dead her remembrance remains in an image hanged on a wall In the 19th century in the Victorian era when a woman marries a man she becomes his property and belonging The Duchess is to look decorative and appears to be an object of desire made more desirable by the attention of men and by her attentions to other men she had A hearttoo soon made glad Too easily impressed Hence it is written in the first person and is the only narrative voice which could make him an unreliable narrator The Duke refers to the picture of her as a pieces of art along with the Neptune taming a sea horse bronze statue showing his attitude of objectification towards her Although he is a power-mad ruler who had his wife killed and is displaying this fact to the counts assistant The tone he uses to communicate this is subtle sophisticated and by using language that is not very straight forward I gave commands Then all smiles stopped together Iambic pentameter the basic
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