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Compare 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'My LastDuchess' by Robert Browning.

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Compare 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'My Last Duchess' by Robert Browning 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'My Last Duchess' are very similar. They are poems about love, obsession and tragedy. The two men are very obsessed with women who were in their lives. You could describe both men as being possessive, demanding and controlling. They seem to think they have the power of god. Both poems are single stanzas. They are single stanzas because they are single developments of a theme. They are very dramatic monologues told from the male's point of view. Seeing the story from the male's point of view, you see the jealousy of the men. "...not the first are you to turn and ask thus..." This is from My Last Duchess and shows that many people have asked him of his jealousy and his obsession. "To set its struggling passion free from pride, and vainer ties dissever" This is from Porphyria's Lover. This tells that the man wants to set they love free and be together without any problems. The love in Porphyria's Lover is possessive and passionate. "That moment she was mine, mine..." Here shows that he is very possessive because he is saying Porphyria is all his and no one else's."... at last I knew Porphyria worshiped me..." again he is very possessive and he is saying she worships me and now I'm her master. "Made my heart swell..." he is saying he is very in love with Porphyria. The weather at the beginning of the poem sets the scene of the poem and tells you straight away that the poem is going to a tragedy. "The rain set early into the night, the sullen wind was soon awake". When Porphyria walks into the cottage the atmosphere changes. "When glided in Porphyria....she shut the cold out and the storm" When Porphyria enters the cottage she lights the fire. "Blaze up, and all the cottage warm". ...read more.


You get the feeling Porphyria is from a rich background and a very out going person. "She put my arm about her waist" When the lover does not answer Porphyria's question, it is very surprising because you would expected him to say something back. The silence could also show the passionate moment. It could also be because he is very possessive and it is an intense moment. "For love of her and all in vain" Porphyria might be married but also loves this man. She can't give up her other life but she will still go and see her lover. "Too weak....to set its struggling passion free from pride..." "Porphyria worshipped me..." the lover realises that Porphyria really loved him and she was all his and no one else's. This is repeated because he is obsessed and by repeating it shows the obsession. The lover kills Porphyria by strangling her with her hair. "...all her hair in one long yellow string I wound three times her little throat around, and strangled her." He kills her because he wants her for himself. This shows his obsession and him being possessive. The lover makes the dead corpse sound like a small child. "The smiling rosy little head" This makes her sound innocent and vulnerable. She is vulnerable because she would not really give herself to him. After he kills Porphyria he feels proud and happy because she is all his now. He may feel a little guilt, because he has killed her but he doesn't care because he's got what he wanted. In today's society this does happen because innocent people are killed for no reasons. 'My Last Duchess' is similar to 'Porphyria's Lover' because they are both about power-mad lovers who kill their women. "I listened with heart to fit to break" This is from 'Porphyria's Lover' and shows us the obsession. "That's my last Duchess painted on the wall" This is from 'My Last Duchess'. ...read more.


The Duke differs from Porphyria's lover because he didn't seem to have any love for her and he cold-heartedly killed her for petty reasons. "Twas not her husband presence only" The poem is about a Duke who has killed his wife and wants to marry the counts daughter. He is very obsessed with his Duchess and he wants her all to himself. He sits all day looking at this portrait that has been painted for him of her. He is very obsessive, possessive determined and selfish. "The count your master..." The Duke is talking to the servant of the count. He is showing the servant the portrait of his wife because he wants everyone to see it because he is very proud and happy. The duke is very selfish and full of himself. He thinks he is very powerful. The Duke did not like the Duchess's behaviour because she was easily pleased. "She had a heart - how shall I say? - too soon made glad, too easily impressed..." The Duchess had shallow interest in the Dukes family history."...as if she ranked my gift of nine-hundred-years-old name with anybody's gift". She was married into his family and she doesn't seem happy being in a relationship with the Duke. "The bough of cherries some officious fool broke into the orchard for her..." The Duke got angry with the Duchess because she was happy with anyone. The Dukes personality is he is proud but at the same time he is jealous and obsessive. "Much the same smile? This grew; I gave commands; then all smiles stopped together" This quote reveals that he had her killed. Now he has killed the Duchess he plans to marry the Counts daughter. The Duke did not think it was necessary to love a woman he married. He wants his wife to be a servant to him and behave with great dignity. These events do not differ from today's society because there are people who are in love and obsessed with someone and they don't have a care in the world for that person. ...read more.

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