She was married at fourteen and dead by seventeen. Or he might have had her shut up in a convent. One of those aspects, of course, being the treatment of wives by their husbands. She exceeds his mark and captivates us yet. The Duke tries to distract us with courtesy but even as he controls the story of his wife and her image, his emotion exceeds his control and exposes his crimes. She did not seem to be any more thankful for this than she was thankful to watch the sun set.
He is showing his visitor around his palace and stops in front of a painting of his late wife. So, the Duke craftily walks him through to create an impression about him. This is an indicator of the mastery achieved by Robert Browning in the use of dramatic monologue. However, the husband might very well patronize one of London's many prostitutes, thereby obliterating the sanctity of the marriage and endangering his innocent wife with a frightening variety of incurable diseases. Notice Neptune, though, Taming a sea-horse, thought a rarity, Which Claus of Innsbruck cast in bronze for me! Classical ekphrasis celebrates ; the visual object comes to life and simultaneously remains a thing made, much like the poem itself. In order to critique the oppressive, male-dominated society of his age, Browning gave voice to villainous characters, each representing the antithesis of his worldview.
The excessive use of big words in the critique take away from the overall flow and limit the reader from fully understanding what Miller is trying to say. He draws a curtain to reveal a painting of a woman, explaining that it is a portrait of his late wife; he invites his guest to sit and look at the painting. It would seem that she was too easily pleased by everyone around her. Despite thinking very highly of himself, the Duke comes across to the readers as arrogant and unlikable. This statement is true but its phrasing leads to misunderstanding.
In either case, the Duke believes it would be a manner of stooping below his proper rank, and so he would not do either. This demand for control is also reflected in his relationship with the envoy. His irony goes even further when he reminds the envoy that he truly wants only the woman herself, even as he is clearly stressing the importance of a large dowry tinged with a threat of his vindictive side. Even if one could tell her eloquently what she was doing right and what she was doing wrong, she would either be offended or else she would try to quarrel instead. Wives were viewed as disposable, and their husbands would often accuse them to do away with them when they desired to marry someone else. .
Commentary But Browning has more in mind than simply creating a colorful character and placing him in a picturesque historical scene. If it were read aloud in a creative writing classroom today, the students would probably shift uncomfortably in their seats, and the unsettled English teacher might very well recommend counseling for the poet. Notice Neptune, though, Taming a sea-horse, thought a rarity, Which Claus of Innsbruck cast in bronze for me! It would seem that he put away his Duchess because he could not control her feelings. There she stands As if alive. The presumably the Duke of Ferrara is giving the emissary of the family of his prospective new wife presumably a third or fourth since Browning could have easily written 'second' but did not do so a tour of the artworks in his home. Robert Browning portrays the character of the Duke with egoistic attitude and a man who likes to dominate the scene rather than getting deluged by the ideas of others. He says that it was a painting by the famous Italian painter brother Pandolf.
The count was in charge of arranging the marriage; the chief of his entourage, Nikolaus Madruz, a native of , was his courier. The Duke is clear, crafty and aware of the words he is about to utter. An object of such compelling verity and beauty, the portrait so bothers the Duke that he keeps it hidden and under his power, as we can surmise he kept his wife, and perhaps this next Duchess, in his castle. My Last Duchess Analysis — Lines 36-56 The Duke is clever yet remorseless in his actions. The Duke begins reminiscing about the portrait sessions, then about the Duchess herself.
We'll meet The company below, then. Find professional near you by following the link. But, his real intentions are shown when he expresses his thoughts about the Duchess. She was the one who would derive gladness from anything quickly. The narrator considers how Galuppi's music once brought pleasure to Venetians who later died, as everyone does. When the Mayor and Corporation of the town refuse him his promised fee, he uses his music to rob the town of its children.
Alfonso believes that she thanked many men, but in a suspicious way. So, he answers the emissary without a question being asked. This causes the reader to feel sorry for the Duchess, and rightly so. Like amateur detectives, we must read between the lines. The meaning of the title Right from the title, the poet offers a glimpse of the possessiveness of the Duke. In terms of meter, Browning represents the duke's incessant control of story by using a regular meter but also enjambment where the phrases do not end at the close of a line. There she stands As if alive.