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Discuss Robert Browning's Studies of Male Jealousy in the Dramatic Monologues 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'My Last Duchess'

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Discuss Robert Browning's Studies of Male Jealousy in the Dramatic Monologues 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'My Last Duchess' In this essay, I am going to discuss male jealousy in the dramatic monologues, 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'My Last Duchess'. A Victorian poet, Robert Browning, wrote these two poems. They both are short poems which both are about a man conveying his love to a woman. These poems are dramatic monologues because there is only one speaker talking to someone or himself. During these dramatic monologues, the narrator explains his personal feelings, which he is maybe not realising that he is doing this. 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'My Last Duchess' both have examples of male jealousy - maybe more obvious in 'Porphyria's Lover' than 'My Last Duchess'. The speakers are both male and look to be deeply in love with a woman but have a strange way of illustrating it. The narrator in both 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'My Last Duchess' both are jealous of their lovers. In 'Porphyria's Lover' the poem has a five-line structure. It is different because the pattern is not something I have read before. Maybe Browning has purposely done this structure. ...read more.

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He boasts that even God did not speak a word against him. Robert Browning reveals rare insights and an unusual interpretation concerning the concept of love. His jealousy and obsession for Porphyria, compels him to act upon his depraved thoughts that will secure her total love and devotion. We are unaware of the reason of Porphyria's death but near to the start of the poem, it states: And laid her soiled gloves by, ......... The word 'soiled' implies dirt and suggests that not all is perfect. We are then given an indication as to what the reason was. .........She Too weak, for all her heart's endeavour, To set its struggling passion free She is described to be proud and there is a negative point that she cannot stop doing. However, the narrator is just paranoid, as I cannot understand what this bad habit is. It is all in his mind and just proves that he is a psychopath. Browning has used a lot of literary effects and I have explained them below: The sullen wind was soon awake This personification on line two shows that the wind has started to blow and begin its destruction. ...read more.

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The two romantic relationships described in 'My Last Duchess' and 'Porphyria's Lover' is comparable in certain areas, however each poem reveals contrasting ideas about the concept of love. Both poems are dramatic monologues spoken by a particular individual. Both poems reveal the complex nature of the love shared between a man and a woman. The aspects of jealousy, vanity, pride, obsessive desire, beauty, and flirtatious behaviour are contained in both poems. The desire to completely possess another person's love and affection are related through a dramatic monologue. Robert Browning compares the love Duke Ferrara has for his Duchess with the obsession of Porphyria's lover. The Duke has a jealous, stubborn, and irrational love for his Duchess. Likewise, Porphyria's is the recipient of a sinister, uncontrolled, and destructive love. Her mysterious admirer is overwhelmed by Porphyria's supreme beauty and her sensual mannerisms. Porphyria and the Duchess experience similar outcomes that result in the death of both women. Below, I have listed all my sources, which I have used for my essay: * www.cswnet.com * www.collegetermpapers.com * www.teachit.co.uk * www.universal.teacher.org.uk By Sherad Dewedi 5APJ Gilberto Garcia 20/12/04 5APJ Bradford Grammar School - 1 - Centre Number: 37137 ...read more.

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