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Compare and contrast- My last Duchess to Porphyrias lover

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Compare and contrast- My last Duchess to Porphyria's lover By Ankush Shukla In the poem 'My Last Duchess', there is a duke and his wife - the duchess, treats him like and equal to everybody else. The duke does not appreciate this type of behaviour; she loves him like she loves the gardener. He wants her to treat him like royalty, like a lover and friend. So, the duke has her murdered. In the poem 'Porphyria's lover', the man loves her out of passion for her; Porphyria is the one in charge and is of the higher class. He loves her so much that he could kill her and not feel much guilt what he did except knowing that when she dies he was in a relationship with her. There are many similarities and differences within "My Last Duchess" and "Porphyria's lover". The similarities are: * They are both dramatic monologues * The rich people are all in control ; this suggests that they worry about their class * Obsessions and possessions * People who murder them are of a lower class * The women are killed in both poems There are also many differences between these two poems these are: * The different reasons for murdering them * The types of love * The rhyming patterns The first similarity is that they are both dramatic monologues. ...read more.

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Also the Duke feels that the Duchess is his trophy, or piece of art work; she is his possession. This is why he has her killed to keep her as his possession forever as a painting which can only be accessed by the Duke behind curtains. In "Porphyria's lover" the lover is obsessed with Porphyria and wants her for himself as his own possession, he wants to love her when it's the right time for him rather than her, he wants to be able to do it whenever he wants, he wants to be in control. He does this by killing her; after he kills her we know that he is control and that in actual fact the two men (at the end of the poem) are in control, we find this out as the poem progresses. Another similarity is the fact that the murderers are both of the lower class. In "my last Duchess" we find out that the Duke did not kill her personally, he has a henchman of the lower class to kill her for him, we know this because it says "I gave my commands; then all smiles stopped altogether." This shows that she has been killed. The Duke also does not care about the consequences of his actions; this suggests that he is above the law. ...read more.

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Not because he did not love her or because he was jealous but because of passion for her. He loved her so much that he killed her himself so that nobody else could have her. Another difference is that the rhyming pattern is structured differently. In "my last Duchess" the rhyming is consistent throughout the poem. One can say this is because the Duke is on control throughout the whole poem as he is telling the person what happened in the past tense. However in "Porphyria's lover" the rhyming is in contrast with the lovers emotions. When the lover is in control the rhyming is also in control, but when the lover is not in control the rhyming is not in control. We therefore get the idea that the rhyming goes along with the how the lover takes control of the poem and the relationship with Porphyria. In conclusion it intrigues me that "Porphyria's lover", he kills her even though he loves her and he lusts for her and he will have to suffer the consequences of his actions. I liked that point because it makes u wonder what is going through their mind at the time, because they murdered the ones that they love. Also we can find many similarities and differences that are all routed from within a similar outline which in itself is a similarity. ...read more.

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