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Nancy Kuo Introduction to Literature Journal 4 10 Apr. 2003 My Last Duchess This is a monologue of a duke of Ferrara, who is introducing a painting of his last wife to a person or some people. Through the painting, the duke reminds her beauty and trifles of hers. The duke speaks arrogantly and shows his jealousy about the duchess and then he murders her. After that, he is going to marry a new wife. This poem is somewhat a confess but even looks like an invitation to the duke's intimate friend. Through this kind of monologue, all I can see is the words of the only side of the duke, which is full of mad and jealousy words. ...read more.


Then I would think the duke is very rich and he married a very beautiful woman; he paid to the painter(s) for her portrait. Maybe the duke is old or very ugly but the duchess is very young. She is not fond of staying with her time with the duke and she has a heart to play around. The duke can't put up with that and killed her. The poem reminds me a story ???. He has several wives, and he is a man who has a tendency of jealousy and control. Whenever he is suspicious about his wife, he kills her and marries another. The duke is definitely superior to the duchess because he wouldn't "stoop". ...read more.


This grew; I gave commands;/Then all smiles stopped together." And because this poem, the woman is wild and easily pleased by other men, the duke is embarrassed and upset about this, and he said, "She had/ A heart...too soon made glad,/Too easily impressed(21-22)", then it is an excuse to let him make some decisions. Meanwhile, the time and place are Renaissance Italy but not now, it easily makes me connect woman to man's possessions. The time for feminists didn't come yet. All we see is from masculine side of the duke, a man's perspective. We see the duchess isn't a good woman, and she deserves the duke's punishment. If the poem is put in nowadays, it surly will arise the public's objection. Therefore, the poem is suitable for Renaissance Italy time but not now. Total word: 535 1 ...read more.

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