The Duke and his Duchess

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In Robert Browning’s dramatic monologue “My Last Duchess” there are two characters that many people can be compared to in the world today. The two characters are Alfonso II, Duke of Ferrara and his Duchess. Throughout the monologue the duke is described as being conceited, arrogant and perhaps maybe even psychotic. While his Duchess is the opposite of him, a person who enjoys life and everything it has to offer. The Duke is somewhat …

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…identity. “She had a heart – how shall I say? —Too soon made glad, too easily impressed; she liked whatever she looked on, and her looks went everywhere (Lines 21-24).” The characters of the Robert Browning’ “My last Duchess” can be compared to many people in our society. The Duchess has the characteristics of those people who are caring and innocent and the duke has the characteristics of those people that are cruel and self centered.