Themes-Character and Voice

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Treats dying people like playthings, no remorse
Deluded, thinks the lady is just sleeping
Unsentimental about death, which mirrors the brutality of the natural world.
My last duchess
Killed her because of jealousy
"I gave commands"
He says that "All smiles stopped" and now she's almost alive in her portrait "As if alive"
He values family honour above life
On a Portrait of a deaf Man
Contrasts memories and sadness with the gruesome reality of his death.
Has lost faith because of the impact of his dads death
Sadness is mixed with a sense of horror "maggots in his eyes"
Enjoys imagining that she could get revenge by turning him to stone
She's compared to a "dragon" with "bullet tears" which makes her seem deadly
In her head She practises turning animals to stone. The effect is instant as the
"buzzing bee" and "singing bird" just fall out of the sky. She seems to enjoy
destruction but its all a fantasy.
About the ruined statue of a powerful leader
His "sneer of cold command" suggests he was cruel.
"King of Kings "arrogant
His power is insignificant compared to the effects of time human leaders only have
limited power.
Has the power to "drown the fools"
Powerful, dangerous, controlling
Proud of his power especially over the beautiful woman, doesn't understand death
Imagines she has supernatural powers to kill her husband just be looking
Her transformation gives her the power to get revenge, but it's only her imagination
as she seeks reassurance that she's still fragrant and beautiful
Her husband has the emotional power.
My last duchess
wanted to control his wife and now controls her portrait
"gave commands" which suggest he gave the orders to kill her
"none puts by the curtain I have drawn for you, but I"
Singh song!
In love with his new bride

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Putney" amusing makes their relationship
seem playful and affectionate.
Les Grands Seigneurs
Her past relationships were romantic and fun shown by language of courtly love
She looks back on past relationships as protectors she was the "queen" or "damsel"
This has changed in marriage and she is now a "toy"
The image of her husband clicking his fingers suggests that marriage marks the end
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Checking out me History
Culture and History
He is "carving out" his identity by finding out about his cultural roots knows his white
background not black. "Nanny Maroon and Mary Seacole"
He's blind because it's stopped him connecting with whom he is and where he's
come from.
The poem contains phonetic creole showing the importance of his culture
Singh song
wife embraces both cultures "Tartan sari" she doesn't feel as though she's
rejecting her Indian roots.…read more


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