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Browning’s Use of Dramatic Monologue

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My Last Duchess by Robert Browning - Ragavun Sivapalan - 10 Red - Mr Marsh 5 February 2002 Browning's Use of Dramatic Monologue My Last Duchess is written by Duke Ferrara, its style is 'Dramatic Monologue'. The purpose of this style of poem is to create a dramatic, gripping action-packed dialogue that is spoken by Duke Ferrara (Monologue). Throughout the whole poem, Ferrara's enthusiasm towards the Duchess is fuelled by his jealousy to her. The dramatic monologue and the use of rhyming couplets help create the correct mood through the poem, whether it is suspicion at the start or hatred at the end. "That's my last Duchess painted on the wall" "Looking as if she were alive" As the reader, I can immediately see that the Duke has to reveal his power and control, just by the word "My and I". ...read more.


So far, through the poem, his use of dramatic dialogue really helps extract the character of Duke Ferrara. He is full of subtle comments that hide any explicit, raw information to show that he is suspicious of the Duchess but still, his jealousy shines through. "For calling up that spot of joy. She Had a Heart-how shall I say?-too soon made glad, Too easily impressed; she liked whate'er she looked on, and her looks went everywhere" Again, Browning has created a highly dramatic sentence . He has been able to do this, by involving hyphens, which connect a range of short, action packed, eventful sentences together. Because he is the Duke with the "nine-hundred-years-old name", he believes that he must be shown great respect and be the centre of attention. Therefore, he feels threatened by all the attention the duchess apparently received everywhere she went; such as from the artist Pandolf or the "officious fool" who brought her cherries. ...read more.


This especially becomes more apparent to the reader as he reveals his interest towards the Count's daughter. "Though his fair daughter's self, as I avowed at starting, is my object" The sentence above can have a double interpretation. The first being, that the word "object" is his 'aim' to get with the Counts daughter. The second being, 'object', as if he would like to add her to his list of women, and another piece of artwork to his collection. "Which Claus of Innsbruck cast in Bronze for me!" This last sentence contains a few significant points about, that again demonstrate Browning's use of Dramatic Monologue. He purposely use three 'k' or 'c' sounds three times in it to create a sense of the Duke's character. It could also suggest that it is a hint to how he would treat the Counts Daughter. Finally, the last word, "me" symbolises the whole poem in one word or the Dukes character. It proves the Dukes egotism and self-centeredness. ...read more.

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