My Last Duchess Questions and Answers
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In "My Last Duchess," why is this "name" so important to the Duke?

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From the question, the name in “The Last Duchess” by Robert Browning might apply to the name that the duke gives to his last wife or his family’s illustrious nine hundred year old name.  This answer will look at both names. 

The Last Duchess

The poem concerns an arrogant and probably insane duke who takes a visitor into his private gallery to show the man  the picture of his “late” wife.  Browning employs a dramatic monologue which is a poem that addresses a silent listener. 

The duke ascribes this title “The Last Duchess”  to  his  former wife because  he has done something nefarious to his wife. He was displeased with her behavior.  What had she done?

  • The painter had shown a blush on her cheeks in the picture
  • Her heart was too easily made happy and impressed
  • She looked at everyone
  • When someone did something for her, she gave an approving look or word
  • She gave the same smile to others that she gave to the duke

The duke admits that he made her smiling stop.

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