Reading Analysis 3
“My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning and “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edger Allen Poe both revolve around the themes of death and the way in which trust between characters is broken. “Ode to American English” by Barbara Hamby and “
The poem “My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning focuses on the theme of vengeance and deceit. The duchess in the poem was once married to the Duke but because of her unfaithfulness and disrespectful behavior was killed. The Duke was displeased by his wife not honoring, “my gift of a nine-hundred-years-old-name with anybody’s gift (line 33).”
“The Cask of Amontillado” by Edger Allen Poe also relates to the theme of revenge and deception. Montresor decided to secretly kill his acquaintance Fortunato in order to bypass law and receive instant retribution. The trickery used by Poe in the short story deals with jealousy and hatred at their extremes. The high level of competition between Montresor and Fortunate is a distinct measure of how the truth can be overshadowed by peoples ambitions and goals of getting even with one another.
In “Ode to American English” by Barbara Hamby the main theme of the poem is that
In “Ode to America English” the speaker is in a different setting than the speaker in “