An Analysis Of Robert Browning 's Poetry

2033 WordsNov 20, 20159 Pages
Robert Browning’s poetry contains many different themes, but they all have one thing in common, social class. Social class defines the way women are treated in his poems. The women who have a lower social status are treated with respect and love, they are treated as an equal to the man. Women with a higher social status tend to be treated worse than those with lower statuses; they are treated as if they are an object to possess and control. Social status determines the outcome of the women in the poems and the way they are treated. In Robert Browning 's poetry, the role of women is dependent on her social status, as shown in "Love Among the Ruins, "Meeting at Night," "Porphyria 's Lover," and "My Last Duchess." “Love Among the Ruins” demonstrates the role women play when they are of a lower social class, they are treated better by the men they love, as well as respected more. In “Love Among the Ruins,” the woman’s lover travels through the ruins of an old ancient city to reach the woman. The woman’s appearance is never described only compared to the beauty of the ruins. The man in the story views her as someone who is so beautiful and devoted to him, that he would give everything that is material up, just for her. Her love and devotion is the best thing that has ever happened to him (Delaney 2336). The woman in the story is not from a high social status, while her social class is never stated, it is implied that she is part of the lower social class. The woman is treated
Open Document