A Comparison of Porphyria’s Lover and My Last Duchess by Robert Browning

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A Comparison of Porphyria’s Lover and My Last Duchess by Robert Browning The two poems ‘Porphyria’s lover’ and ‘my last duchess’ by Robert Browning shows a dramatic monologue. Dramatic monologue is a story that is told by one person; which means you only get one point of view; in the two poems they are based on the narrator’s crisis, his feelings and his way of thinking; and you have to believe it because that is the only view your going to encounter. In dramatic monologue because you only get one person telling the story, you have to trust his judgements and criticisms and believe or not believe what is being said. It is hard to trust what the narrator says, because in ‘my last duchess’ his…show more content…
This shows Browning’s fascination with control. In ‘my last duchess’ the duke wants total control over his wife and for is wife to pay full attention to him and cherish everything he gets her and he doesn’t want her to pay any attention to any one else she knows or comes across. This is in comparison with ‘Porphyria’s lover’ when the narrator wanted the women to marry the narrator, but the women is in a higher class than him socially and in heritage and he is not In a high class, he just has a house and he is insanely in love with her; which comes between them both from the perspective of a proper relationship. She didn’t want to get disowned by her parents because she likes the life she leads ‘Nor could to-night’s gay feast restrain’ which shows she goes to dinners and how she gets money, presents and everything she wants and she would loose that if she married him. This did not break their love for each other in her eyes because she visited him and wanted a sexual relationship not only based on marriage; but he didn’t think that was enough like the Duke in ‘my last duchess’ he wanted his wife to pay full attention on him and in ‘Porphyria’s lover’ he wanted her to marry him and have a sexual relationship and not get married was not enough for him; he wanted her to have full attention on him and marry
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