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Bethany Rossiter 14/09/11

How does Robert Browning portray the Duke and Duchess in `My last Duchess'?

In this poem the duke and duchess are portrayed in many different ways.

Firstly, the duke appears to be jealous of his wife, the duchess throughout most
the play. For example, `Twas not her…

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Bethany Rossiter 14/09/11

In conclusion, Browning portrays the duke as sinister, possessed, protective, in
control and jealous. He describes the duchess as misunderstood, disloyal and a
more outgoing woman for her status than she would usually be.


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