Porphyria's Lover And My Last Duchess Critical Analysis

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Within “Porphyria’s Lover” and “My Last Duchess,” Robert Browning suggests couples do not have fully expressed and healthy relationships because of male dominance and an individual’s psychotic state of mind.
The idea of male dominance as a counter to the fulfillment of relationships appears in “Porphyria’s Lover” and “My Last Duchess.” Within “Porphyria’s Lover,” the speaker says, “she too weak, for all her heart’s endeavor, to set its struggling passion free from pride, and vainer ties dissever” (Browning 1279). Therefore, Browning shows the speaker perceives Porphyria to be vulnerable compared to him. In addition, he views her as an object. For instance, the speaker states, “that moment she was mine, mine, fair” (Browning 1279). The speaker utilizes “mine” as a claim, suggesting he has power over her; he owns her. Furthermore, according to Saylor, during the late 1700’s and the early 1800’s, women were commonly viewed and treated by men as fragile and vulnerable objects. By the women following the men’s expected perception of them, creates the men to have greater power to control women during romanticism (“Romanticism” 5). The mentality of perceiving women as objects and limiting them to a stereotype causes the separation of men and women from expressing true feelings to one another. For example, men are generally “dirty” because the world is full of nasty truths that they must keep away from their innocent and naive domesticated women, leading women to be perceived

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