It also describes the characters of the Duke because he is obsessed with being in control. The Duke reveals his manipulative characteristics through the poem. The poem is composed of several terms and phrases that describe the Dukes personality, and his views about officiousness. He is obviously overly confident, and believes that his Duchess should worship his every move. According to him, the Duchess did not treat the Duke with the respect that he wished, and, consequently, he gave orders to kill her.
The Duchess, looking as though she were alive, hangs on the wall as yet another possession of the Duke’s. This insecure and jealous man is the one who brings about this depressing fate. He utilizes illusion to disguise the ugly within him which is how he deceives those around him. Through his elegance and complexity in speech, it is easy to be fooled into believing that he truly loved her and became so overwhelmed with love that his judgment was clouded because of her infidelity. That is merely what the Duke wants those around him to believe because he hides the reality of the situation behind curtains and covered in paint.
The duke starts off by pointing out his last Duchess painted on a wall. The Duchess was picture with a passionate glance and the duke states, “Sit, twas not her husband’s presence only, called that sport of joy in to the Duchess’ cheek” (Browning 14). The tone of the speaker begins to grow a harsh tone because his once wife could not have a special favor for the dukes “gift of a nine-hundred-years-old name” apart from any other gift that would have potentially been given to her. The duke is evidently seen as a rich man that treats women as objects and with just a smile to anyone else, it is wrong. The arrogant duke “gave commands” to kill her.
How does the poet convey the theme of Death? In ‘My Last Duchess’, Browning portrays the theme of death from the high-status viewpoint of the duke, as if it was a deserved punishment for the duchess. As seen in the structure of the poem, the duke’s focus rapidly changes from reflecting on her death at the beginning, to quickly finding a new mistress to appease him, often within the same line. This conveys the idea that although the duke is accusing his wife of being ‘too easily impressed’, it is ironic as his focus has changed as quickly as her loyalty for the duke supposedly dissipated. The use of the regular rhyme scheme represents the duke’s need for order and control over a marriage, shown through the regular structure indicating the
Both Romeo and Juliet and The Importance of Being Earnest have writers who use elements of diction to make manafest of the importance of names. In Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare tells the reader that names can destroy families, love and even life. When Juliet is praying for Romeo to come to her and to be her escape, she says “that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”(Shakespeare). By her saying so she means that all are roses are roses no matter what name it is given, the same goes for people. In the play the Montagues and the Capulets have an “ancient grudge… where civil blood makes civil hands unclean”, due to the vendetta the two lovers were driven to death because of their forbidden love (Shakespeare).
Nonetheless one person is at most to blame and his name is Friar Lawrence. Marrying Romeo and Juliet so quickly without thinking is one reason Friar Lawrence is to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo beseeches Friar Lawrence to marry him and Juliet later the same day they meet (2.3.68). The friar should think before he acts upon Romeo’s request. He knows that Romeo is not marrying for love but for looks.
In scene 43, the Marquise de Merteuil, jealous of Valmont's love of Tourvel, tells him the story of a man who, for fear of ridicule, had left his mistress, by saying: "It's not my fault." In the revolving staircase of the hotel, a recurring symbol of the machinations of libertines, she suggests to Valmont the scenario of the breakup. The sequence of the rupture does not exist in the novel: the letter 141 quotes the text of the anecdote, Valmont content to send the letter to Tourvel and to be surprised at her ack of reaction. Stephen Frears makes this sequence a
The Iliad is linked to Helen of Troy because it shows how beauty can have a major tremble in the works of writing and craftsmanship of artists. These paintings and stories tried to explain unnatural events and teach young ones important lessons. The myth of Helen of Troy shows us that we should not be focused on beauty rather we should be focused on what is happening around us than ourselves. In the painting it shows Helen looking at herself in a mirror than at the beautiful landscape, Doves, and flowers. The poet Christopher Marlowe and artist Evelyn De Morgan describe the Myth Of Helen.
A. Background information Agamemnon by Aeschylus is a play about a king, Agamemnon, who goes to battle in Troy and comes back with a slave and a concubine, Cassandra. His wife, Clytemnestra welcomes him home but later kills him together with his concubine who has already foretold of their death. His wife kills him because he sacrifices their daughter Iphigenia, on the way to Troy, to convince the goddess Artemis to send him good winds. Hamlet by Shakespeare is a play about Hamlet the prince of Denmark whose father is killed.
Readers can learn more about a character by reading through how they dealt with situations from the past. During the flashback in the dramatic monologue My Last Duchess by Robert Browning, the reader is able to learn more about the personality of the Duke and how he treated his late wife. As the Duke retells the story of when his wife was still alive, he made it seem as if her equal treatment of her subjects was a crime and it irritated him greatly; therefore, the Duke is interpreted as arrogant and possessive. It is easier for the reader to make connections and comparisons to the society, other characters, or even oneself as well. The more the reader learns about the character, they gain further understanding on the character’s actions and may gain a personal connection to their role.