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Psychological analysis of "My Last Duchess", "Soliloquy in a Spanish Cloister" and "Porphyrias Lover".

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Psychological Analysis My Last Duchess The poem is written in the voice of the Duke of Ferrara, who is entertaining an envoy from the Duke's soon-to-be father-in-law. As the duke hosts the envoy, they stop at a portrait of the Duke's late duchess. Entranced by his own words as he reminisces about her, the Duke begins to reveal more than intended. Initially the Duke presents himself as a man very controlled and self-possessed. His name-dropping of a famous artists' suggests his sophistication; the fact that he has a personal artwork painted by a famous artist illustrates his wealth and power. Describing the painting, the Dukes choice of words suggest a violent demise of his late duchess. "Half flush that dies along her throat" this leads us to believe she was strangled or beheaded, both very controlling deaths. The Duke then proceeds to describe his late wife's seemingly flirtatious nature. "She had/ A heart -how shall I say? - too soon made glad, /Too easily impressed; she liked whate'er/She looked on, and her looks went everywhere." However, in doing so, his speech deceives him, and uncovers a threatening tone to the envoy coupled with our discovery of the Duke's immense sexual jealousy. ...read more.


The first hint of irony arises when the monk accuses Brother Lawrence for showing an interest in the nuns. "Blue-black, lustrous, thick like horsehairs, /--Can't I see his dead eye glow," On the other hand, suspicion grows with the monk's observant description of the nun. His lack of evidence is shown in the following statement; "(That is, if he'd let it show!)" He has no confirmation of Brother Lawrence's supposed interest, and is desperately finding reasons to prove Brother Lawrence is an immoral monk. Towards the end of his grumblings, the monk explains that he wants to get Brother Lawrence damned to hell. He recites text from Galatians, the book of damnety, which reveals the monk's own knowledge of the text and book. Similarly, the monk plans to frame and force Brother Lawrence into glancing at his "Scrofulous French novel", the key word being his scrofulous French novel, and his knowledge of the explicit content explains his corruption. The Monk is clearly delusional as he is persistent in incriminating Brother Lawrence through sins he has already overtly committed. He demonstrates a clear obsession with hell and Satan, which contradicts his strict way of life. His hypocracy is almost comical as it actively manifests in his accusing speech. ...read more.


""Porphyria worshiped me; surprise/Made my heart swell, and still it grew" The lover becomes indecisive has he debates what to do with Porphyria. When the Lover comes to a decision, he is very controlled and calm. "I am quite sure she felt no pain." He finds much satisfaction in strangling her which shows his psychotic nature. Through the murder of his lover, he has achieved control and power, and thus, a major ego boost. Porphyria's lover, opens her eye lids with his fingers, and props her head up so she is sitting. He then kisses her with gratification which demonstrates he has necrophilia. At the end of the poem, Porphyria's lover reveals that he has told us the story, as she has already been dead next to him. "Thus we sit together now." He justifies her death by saying that god approves, for if he didn't, Porphyria's lover would have known by now. "And yet God has not said a word!" He reasons that Porphyria wanted this to happen, she too wanted to be with him forever, and this was the only way possible. "Her darling one wish would be heard". Porphyria's lover is blatantly disturbed mentally. All three of these men share a common trait; they all present themselves as calm, controlled men, but after thorough reflection of their words, one can sense an undercurrent of psychopathic characteristics that inevitably manifests through their speech. ...read more.

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