Can anyone explain to me the characters in "My Last Duchess"?  With the dramatic monologue...please I need help!

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Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Concerning Browning's "My Last Duchess," it sounds like you're just having trouble figuring out the poem.

The dramatic monologue is spoken by the Duke.  He is speaking to a representative of his fiance's father (the father, of course, who will set the amount of the dowry).  This representative is the silent listener of the dramatic monologue. 

The Duke speaks mostly about his previous wife as seen in her portrait and as she was before she died. 

The speech, however, is a failed threat that if the fiance, once she's the Duke's wife, doesn't behave as he wants her to, she will be killed, just like his previous wife was. 

The Duke is egotistical and arrogant, to the extreme.  His previous wife, by normal standards, behaved exceptionally well.  But the Duke wants a trophy wife who will behave like a work or art--look pretty and reflect on his good taste and wealth, etc.  She made the mistake of showing others the respect and courtesy and fondness that the Duke expects only to be shown to him.  Thus, he ordered her death. 

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