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Power and Control in My Last Duchess by Robert Browning Power is the capacity of an individual or group to influence the behaviour of others through manipulation, coercion, persuasion, or domination. It is the possession of authority over the others and the degree of influence that an individual or individuals possess amongst their peers and within society as a whole. Hence, the possession of electricity allows for the imposition of the will in a given situation. Power is used by a person or team to limit or modulate the courses of action which are offered to other folks with or without their approval. It can be obtained via wealth, status, prestige, amounts, or organizational efficacy. The exercitation of electricity could be dull or subtle, illegal or legal, justly or unjustly. On the other hand, the cornerstone of someone's power is the capacity of compelling obedience via the threat or use of force. Back in Robert Browning's poem, "My Last Duchess", electricity is used to show the smug, jealous, and controlling nature of the speaker, that the Duke. The first two lines of this poem introduce the reader to the topic of the Duke's speech, a painting of his late wife. The lines, "that's my last Duchess painted on the wall/Looking as though she were still living" (Browning 1-2), seem to be on his late wife on the outside but mention of the Duchess is adjacent to the self-importance voiced by the Duke in his speech. Additional the lines reveal that the Duchess was comparatively insignificant with him. By stating that the painting of the late Duchess "seems as if she were still living" (Browning 2), rather than noting that the painting is lifelike, the Duke seems to have just valued the Duchess because of her bodily encounter. The foundation of this painting re...