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Comparison Between Poems 'My Last Duchess' and 'Porphyria's Lover'

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Comparison Between Poems 'My Last Duchess' and 'Porphyria's Lover' Robert Browning's poems 'My Last Duchess' and 'Porphyria's Lover' were both written in the form of a dramatic monoloque, meaning that the narrator is also the protagonist. Both poems show a similarity because they are narrated from a male's point of view. Even though the Duke is talking to a emissary in 'My Last Duchess', it is still a monoloque, just a monoloque within a dialoque. Since the poems are written in this manner, the reader can become more involved in the male's very strong emotions. Both poems are also written out with no stanzas, indicating the insanity of the two males with no actual structure to the poem. Between the two poems there are four mian characters, with the two male protagonists only speaking. Between the two of them there is a huge difference, one is a Duke, coming from a wealthy background, only getting the best assets in life, while the other protagonist is a handsome low class man, who is like a male prostitute for Porphyria. ...read more.


Particullary in 'Porphyria's Lover', the protagonist trully believes that he has done nothing wrong, "And yet God has not said a word". The two Women in the poems are both Upper class women with Porphyria being the more dominant, because she takes control over her lover. The Duchess is a very simple down to earth woman. She appreciates the sun set and admires everything which her husband hates. They are very different from each other, even though they come form the same background. Both women need more than they have, which is why they end up getting killed. Their marriages are incomplete and they both paid with their lives for trying to have the most out of their lives. We see numerous themes in the poems but the biggest theme is jealously. Both the poems revolve around jealously or possesiveness. There was no need for the jealously that the Duke shows, the Duchess has not done anything wrong to him, she is just being nice. ...read more.


We see this in 'My Last Duchess', because we know what is going to happen to the Duke's new Duchess but the Count does not mind because he will be related to the Duke and that is much more important than his daughter. "I found a thing to do" is what Porphyria's Lover said before he killed Porphyria. This is not the normal thing to do, kill your lover by strangling her. Before this the lover "debated what to do" because he was thinking whether to kill her or tell her that he wanted change, but there was no way he could convince her. Overall the two poems are similar to each other, both possessing extreme cases of obsessiveness which is beyond believe. You could debate whether it was obsessiveness or just plain insanity. Both poems have the same structure and focus on one person, the male Protagonist. The only real difference between the two is that one is based on more of a upper class person, a Duke, and the other is based on a lower class gigalo. ...read more.

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