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Robert Browning - 'The Last Duchess' - 'Write a letter to the count whether or not he should let his daughter marry the Duke'.

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Introduction

RASHID ZAMIR RESPONSE TO LITERATURE- POETRY (PRE-1900) ROBERT BROWNING- 'THE LAST DUCHESS' 'Write a letter to the count whether or not he should let his daughter marry the Duke' Dear Count I have visited the duke at his home and have come to a conclusion. I don't think you should give your daughter to him. When I visited him he sounded happy and joyful. I thought he was a nice guy and a perfect match for your daughter. But all things changed. Whilst touring around his home, he took me downstairs to a dark room. When he turned the lights on, all I saw was loads of amazing pictures surrounding the room. Whilst looking at the pictures one specific picture caught my eye. It was covered in a red distinctive curtain. I wondered what was behind it and before I knew it the duke dragged me across the room towards the painting. He then took off the red curtain and revealed to me a portrait of a beautiful woman. He said 'That's my last duchess painted on the wall, looking as if she was were alive.' ...read more.

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He said that she looked at other men and smiled at them, which made the men give compliments. He did not like this because he thinks that she was only his. He then said that he only wanted was her respect but all he could see was pleasure all around her, "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" I told him that this wasn't bad and she was just being kind and polite, but he refused to listen to me and said, "She thanked men, - good! But thanked Somehow- I know not how- as if she ranked My gift of a nine-hundred-years-old name With anybody's gift" This meant that she gave favours too willingly and did not value his nobility and all it stood for. I thought this was totally being selfish, if she wanted to act the way she did she has every right to do so. End of the day she is an individual person and he should have appreciated for what she was. ...read more.

Conclusion

He said to me, "Though his fair daughter's self, as I vowed At starting, is my object" This is my proof that he is a women collector. The word 'object', that he uses, means aim and his aim is to get your daughter. He then states to me that, "Nay, we'll go Together down, sir. Notice Neptune, though, Taming a sea horse, thought a rarity, Which Claus of Innsbruck cast in bronze for me!" Here he is making a comparison to his own aims in capturing his next wife. I believe that he is comparing himself as Neptune, being all-powerful, and compares this young woman to a sea horse, in the way that it could be so tamed. He is also trying to tell me that he his in control of his own household. I think this person is totally mad and has lost it. I sincerely hope that you don't give your daughter to him because he will capture her and lock her in his household. He won't let her see other people and keep her to himself. He might probably kill her aswell if she doesn't obey him. I have given you my opinion and hope you make the right decision. Yours sincerely The ambassador ...read more.

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