My Last Duchess And Porphyria's Love Analysis

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(A Discussion on Robert Browning's My Last Duchess and Porphyria’s Lover.)

Robert Browning wrote many amazing dramatic monologues during his time in the 1800’s. “The English poet Robert Browning (1812-1889) is best known for his dramatic monologues. By vividly portraying a central character against a social background, these poems probed complex human motives in a variety of historical periods”(Gale). Browning was super influential with his monologues during the Victorian period and even still today. Several of Browning's work are about love. Two of his most notable love monologues was My Last Duchess and Porphyria’s Lover. Browning’s two monologues My Last Duchess and Porphyria’s lover share several similarities, but also differ severely.

In Browning’s readings My last Duchess and Porphyria’s Lover share several similarities. Both the men in these monologues kill the women they are supposed to love. The main part of these monologues is the men killing their wives. Both kill their wives because they are both jealous men, who want complete control over the woman. They feel as if the women should be their property, and only theirs. Another Similarity of these monologues is they are wrote in the man's point of view, and not the women. “Both poems show a similarity because they are both narrated from the male lover's point of view. As a result, the reader becomes more closely involved in the poems and can feel very strong emotions for the individuals

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