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Human Interest and Porphyria's Lover Essay.

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Human Interest and Porphyria's Lover Essay My essay will be based on these two poems about two murders. I will be discussing and comparing the differences and similarities between the murders and the murderers themselves, and also the victims, which brings me to the first and most obvious difference between the two actual poems. It is obvious from the first sentences that the two poems are told by two people from different backgrounds, and possibly different times. We can see that they are likely to be from different backgrounds form the vocabulary used. It appears that the person talking in 'Human Interest' comes from perhaps an uneducated background and more modern times, " The rain set in early tonight, The sullen wind was soon awake," Although these words used in 'Porphyria's Lover' may still be used in some modern poetry, most poems with this type of vocabulary are set back in older times. Whereas 'Human Interest' sounds much more modern, "Fifteen years minimum, banged up inside for what took thirty seconds to complete." ...read more.


So, even though he did commit murder, when it's though about, he would appear more stable then the man that planned his murder and killed his lover with her own hair, and felt happy about it afterwards and thought it was the best possible thing for Porphyria, "...she guessed not how her darling one wish would be heard. And thus we sit together now," Continuing on the fact that the murderer in 'Human Interest' appears more mentally stable than the one in 'Porphyria's Lover', as far as murderers go, more evidence of this and possibly a reason for it is suggested here: "...surprise made my heart swell, and still it grew..." This shows that the murderer may think of himself as worthless as he is so surprised that Porphyria really does feel love for him, which contributes to his reason for killing her. Something that makes the two murderers very similar is the fact that they are both in denial about the crime they've committed, as a lot would be, but only one of them seems to regret it. ...read more.


And yet another similarity the murderers share is beauty. They both see their victims as beautiful, even after they have killed them, which is particularly strange in Porphyria's case as after she was killed she would have looked rather frightening, yet her murderer described how beautiful she looked and how "her check blushed once more" beneath his "burning kiss", which is physically impossible. This could also suggest that Porphyria's murderer is delusional. And in 'Human Interest' the murderer doesn't describe how she looked after she died, but how he still saw her in his mind, "She wasn't a tart or nothing." Although at first site this quote doesn't appear as the murderer calling his lost lover beautiful, it actually seems that he is as he said it after he had described how hurt and betrayed he'd felt about her seeing another "bloke". And he also says, "When I think about her now, I near choke with grief. My baby." Which would also suggest that he still thinks of her as beautiful, perhaps even innocent despite the fact that she betrayed him. ...read more.

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