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1 What could be a thesis statement for "My Last Duchess?" 2 Works cited for the "My Last Duchess." 3 How could you outline "My Last Duchess?" 4 What is a critical analysis of "My Last Duchess?"

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1. Your thesis statement would depend on your critical analysis: what do you consider the most important theme or point of the poem? Is it that the Duke was jealous of his wife for not liking him alone? Lines in the poem speak to this:

She had 
A heart—how shall I say?— too soon made glad, 
Too easily impressed; she liked whate’er 
She looked on, and her looks went everywhere. 
Sir, ’twas all one! My favour at her breast, 
The dropping of the daylight in the West, 
The bough of cherries some officious fool 
Broke in the orchard for her, the white mule 
 
You could focus on the Duke's personality: what does his jealousy and possessiveness towards his now-dead wife say about him? Or you could focus on a feminist interpretation: is Browning critiquing the Duke's feeling that he has the right to possess his wife as if she were an object? You could also focus on point of view; the Duke tells his story as a dramatic monologue to an emissary sent to make...

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