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The poem under review in this paper is Robert Browning's “my last Duchess” based on historical events involving the duke of Ferrara (Alfonso) who lived back in the 16th century. The duke is the speaker of the poem about the affection she showed to othermen. It's suggested that this affection causes the narratorto kill her. He tells us that he is entertaining an emissary whom his soon wife to be has sent to negotiate terms of the marriage. He takes him on a tour in his palace, in his gallery specifically. He comes across a portrait painted directly on the wall and volunteers to tell the circumstances in which it was painted and the fate of his unfortunate former wife. He says that his wife was a flirt, she would smile at every man and described her behavior as “disgraceful”, until he gave commands that all her smiles would stop at once –to have her killed-. Having finished his story, he moved on to the next antique as if the past one was nothing. The poet is hiding behind the persona of a real-life Duke who has coldly murdered his young wife and speaks of her as if she was nothing. The title of the poem "my last duchess" suggests that the duke had had more than one duchess that shows greatly how women were treated like objects and properties that were made for men's pleasure. so we can reveal from that ,The dominant theme of this poem is anti-feminism. The way women were perceived at that age is clearly evident in the way the Duke speaks of his wife as if she were a property, they have been never considered as human beings that have feelings and emotions .the masterpiece of his gallery, nothing more with no affections towards her whatsoever. He made himself a God, a judge that produced a verdict and executed the death penalty. As if smiling was a crime when a women commits it. The title suggests so much about the content of the poem, it clearly says that the Duchess…...

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