Essay on My Last Duchess By Robert Browning

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Today I would like to propose a film adaptation of the poem, “My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning. There have been very few adaptations of the work since its creation, and none within the film industry, so it would be a perfect, new medium for the story to be told. With the recent successes of films like Gone Girl and Nightcrawler, there is a clear public desire to witness passion, egotism, and sociopathology unravel; the narrator from “My Last Duchess” would provide a new archetype for these characteristics in a love story that falls apart because jealousy encapsulates his every thought, leading to the ultimate demise of his lover.
“That’s my Last Duchess painted on the wall, looking as if she were alive. I call that piece a wonder now,” whispers the narrator as the camera pans across a dark room and slowly focuses on the portrait of the duchess. The room is still and the shadow of the narrator hovers over the portrait of the duchess. A sinister, slightly twangier voice begins to echo. “Too easily impressed…just that or this in you disgusts me…all smiles stopped together.” The duchess runs through the corridor and into a closet, feet pounding and swords clanging in the distance. “What have I done to deserve this?” The door leading to the room with the closet hiding the duchess squeaks open and the narrator enters. The guards have now come face to face with the narrator and his eyes begin to glow. A grin stretches across the left half of his lips, and the screen fades to…

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