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How does Robert Browning convey the feelings of narrator for the woman in each of the two poems 'Porphyria's Lover and 'My Last Duchess'?

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How does Robert Browning convey the feelings of narrator for the woman in each of the two poems 'Porphyria's Lover and 'My Last Duchess'? In 'Porphyria's Lover' he wants to control her feelings - when she finally does love him he kills her to control the fact that she does love him and she always will whereas if she were still alive she would stop loving him and he would have no control over that. The way the lover killed her in porphyrias lover is very sudden, and unexpected when you are reading it - the start of the poem sounds like everything is fine and suddenly, he kills her. The reader expects that to happen because everything was going so well before, and why would he want to spoil it? ...read more.

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She tries to make this break-up less painful for her lover by saying that she would stay with him if she could, but can't. She lies to him. People lie a lot when love is involved due to the sensitivity of the issue. Due to the emotions the narrator is feeling begins to mislead himself, convincing himself that she enjoys his company and worships him and will give herself to him. As he convinces himself of this, he reaches the conclusion that she was his, the repeated word "mine" makes it clear that will do anything to stay with her. The Lover in Porphyria's Lover seems similar in the ways of being just as possessive and maybe more obsessive. ...read more.

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The duke suggests that he has a craves of control. He describes how he is easy annoyed when she does not pay attention or treat him better than anyone else. It is easy to see that he could not control her, and it trying to do so she rebelled against him. He describes the duchess as a person with a kind personality stating that she he had a soft heart trying to criticise her nature. In both poems, the women who were murdered by men of an insane minds, one murdering her for her love and the to control her life and the way she lives it. There is no real description of the characters lives before the incidents that claim their lives. Ubaid Asghar English 02/05/07 ...read more.

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