Why does the Duke tell his story about the "last duchess" to the servant of the man whose daughter he hopes to marry next?

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"My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning is written in the form of a dramatic monologue. As in many of Browning's poems in this genre, the Duke reveals more about himself than he intends as he speaks.

The Duke is often described by literary critics as a "collector", a person who is possessive and whose self-worth is predicated upon the objects he owns or collects. One...

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