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In "My Last Duchess," how does Browning make us understand that the Duke's remarks are biased? What evidence is there that hypocrisy is another aspect of the Duke's character? What does he, three times, depricate his ability to relate precisely what he wishes? What is the effect of of mentioning another work of art at the end of the monologue? What does his remark show us about the Duke? is there any significance to the statue of Neptune taming a seahorse? Although the Duke is unsympathetic, are you still fascinated by him? If so, explain why? yes could it be a detailed explanation of the poetry, im trying to understand it better. so if possible could all the quesions be answered, i would truly appreciate it.

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Browning makes us understand that his remarks are biased first by the first person narrative which from the very beginning establishes the speaker as the reference point for all his remarks: "my last duchess," and "I call that piece a wonder" (his opinion is what matters). Primarily, however, we see it when he mentions that the painting was done by "Fra Pandolf's hands" and goes on to say, "I said 'Fra Pandolf' by design." In other words, he has a particular view of the story that he wants to convey to the audience and cleverly sets the framework up from the very beginning. He wants to turn the listener's mind against his wife by ominously mentioning the significance of this other man.


Some evidence of hypocrisy in the Duke's character is given when he implies that his wife would have pleased him better if she had shown more gratitude for his "nine-hundreds-years-old name" and had specially favored and honored him, and yet he tells the emissary that he wishes only to marry the Count's...

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