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In “My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning, how do the duke and the duchess differ?
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Quite apart from the anatomical differences, the Duke happens to be alive and the Duchess happens to be dead. As well as that, it was the Duke who did her in, so to speak.
Last Duchess By Robert Browning
Although a quick Web search reveals quite a few summaries of this dramatic monologue, (the links for two of which appear below), you will need to read the poem yourself to pick out and explain the differences between the Duke and his “trophy wife”. In short, she is everything that he is not as revealed in his own words: accepting of others, non-judgmental, and filled with the joy of life. Although the duke is describing a painting of his last wife, he actually reveals much more about himself than he does of the lady.
To answer this question, take a sheet of paper and divide it down the middle. After reading the poem, write down the character traits of the duchess on one side; and on the other side, write down what the duke is like. Since instructors can apply computer algorithms and Web searches to see if you have written your own paper, you would do well to analyze the poem yourself and put it in your own words.Source(s): http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english_…
English professor turned librarian
The Duke is male, the Duchess is female.
The Duke is a jealous, lonely, controlling man. He is not happy and resents others being happy.
The Duchess was happy, outgoing, lively, flirtacious and promiscuous.
It’s fair to say they were not a match made in Heaven.
You won’t get a proper answer in the Royalty section. Anyway, the Duchess is very trusting, kind and naive. It’s implied that she is unknowingly flirtatious as stated in:
‘Perhaps Fra Pandolf chanced to say “Her mantle laps over My Lady’s wrist too much” or “paint must never hope to reproduce the faint half-flush that dies along her throat”‘
‘The bough of cherries some officious fool broke in the orchard for her’
The Duke, on the other hand, is cruel, shrewd and proud. Hence why he killed her off for smiling too often. He’s incredibly jealous and wants her entirely for himself. He’s also very boastful and finds himself gloating over how he killed her to the servant sent by his next wife’s father. Then he tries to cover it up by pointing out a bronze statue of Neptune while they walk away from the painting.
If I were voting on this question, I’d choose Professor Pants’s answer as best. All I can add is that, if I were the nameless messenger to whom the duke is talking, I’d go back to my employer and say, “Whatever you do, sir, DON’T let your daughter marry that man!”Source(s): Retired English professor–taught MLD several times.
Duchess have higher voices and dance backwards
He is ill-mannered, but she values courtesy.