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Compare and contrast Porphyrias lover and My last Duchess

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Tom Brown Compare and contrast Porphyrias lover and My last Duchess "Porphyrias lover" and My Last Duchess are similar in many ways, they are both written by Robert Browning. In "My Last Duchess" the speaker is an Italian Duke who is speaking to the ambassador of a count, whose daughter he hopes, to marry. The Duke is trying to impress the counts representative by showing him around his gallery and the painting of his last Duchess. He openly speaks about having his last Duchess murdered, because she did not show him enough respect. "Porphyria's lover" is a dramatic monologue that describes the events that lead up to Porphyria's death. A dramatic monologue is a description of events being told by one person, this is also the case in "My Last Duchess". Porphyria is a higher class then her lover and can never come down to his level in public. Her lover believes that the only way for them to be together is for him to kill her. This essay includes similarities and differences between the poems all under four topics; possession, jealously, the way the woman are killed and different class of the two people in each relationship. ...read more.


Porphyria's lover wants her to be his forever, the only way this is possible is to kill her. This occurs to him after he realises "Porphyria worshipped me." He wants to preserve the moment, he thinks she wanted them to be together. The upper class in both poems are in control for most of it. Porphyria and the Duke are both in relationships with a class lower than themselves. Both of them loose control, this results in Porphyria dying and the Duchess dying. The Duke remains in control and so does Porphyria's lover. This could symbolise a man's power, both men come out on top. However there are differences in this. The first and most obvious difference is the way the two women are killed. Both women are killed by a lower class then themselves. "My Last Duchess" an assassin is hired by the Duke. Porphyria's lover killed Porphyria. Porphyria's lover killed her out of passion because of his love for her. The Duke had the Duchess killed because he could not lose control, and lose his male dominancy "herself be lessoned so, nor plainly set her wits to yours." ...read more.


The two men's jealously may be over both women but the circumstances are completely different. Porphyria's lover was jealous because he loved her so much and couldn't be with her. Whereas, the Duke was jealous, not because of the flirting with other men but her treating him like everyone else. Both poems have many similarities and differences, "Porphyrias lover" is more to do with the divide between the classes. While "My Last Duchess" is more to do with the male being in control and possessive over the female. "My Last Duchess" rhyme scheme is rhyming couplets this portrays the control the duke is in throughout the poem. "Porhpyrias lover" is different, it only has rhyming couplets at the end. When he begins murdering her, when he is in control. When he has no control there is no rhyme scheme at all. The differences do outweigh the similarities, however the similarities may be few but are still extremely important in the structure of both poems. The most important difference of all is the difference in love Porphyria's lovers love, is a passionate love, while the Dukes love is materialistic. But end result is the same, both women die. ...read more.

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