Comparing 'My Last Duchess And Porphyria's Lover'

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Victorian’s True Love:
(A discussion of the treatment of women in the Victorian era as critiqued by Robert Browning in his poems, My Last Duchess and Porphyria’s Lover)
Similarly to the father of English’s, Chaucer’s, literary critique of his time period the Canterbury Tales, Browning critiques the treatment of women in his time period known as the Victorian Era. Robert Browning was self-educated through his father’s grand library. By the time he was a teenager Browning had decided to make poetry his life’s pursuit. Robert Browning’s work was controversial for his time and didn’t gain any real success until after the death of his wife. The two poems addressing most directly the treatment of women in Browning’s time are My Last Duchess and Porphyria’s Lover. My Last Duchess is a dramatic monologue spoken by a Duke about his last wife. The Duke is
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The extreme visuals in the poems of violence and murder helped show the fault in these ideas. By stretching it to the extreme he was able to catch the readers’ attention and maybe make them question their own beliefs. Porphyria’s Lover makes women not trust their men, but also, men not trust themselves. Both male and female readers of these poems in the nineteenth centuries began to evaluate their position on these ideas. My Last Duchess and Porphyria’s Lover are both powerful literary works that use dramatic monologues to attack the views of Victorian England on women. Women during this time were seen as possessions. They were manipulated for power, and expected to act in a certain way because of their position. Although times have changed drastically from the nineteenth century, these views on women have managed to stick around and harass women. The reach of these beliefs may not be as far or as strong, but they continue to destroy women. In conclusion, these poems show the destructive power of these views have on
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