Comparing Porphyria’s Lover and My Last Duchess Essay

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Carrie Ann Pietkoski Pietkoski, One English 102 Scott McClanahan October 24, 2012 Comparing Porphyria’s Lover and My Last Duchess Robert Browning’s famous book,” Dramatic Lyrics“, was published in 1842. Two of the dramatic monologues found in this collection were the poems, “Porphyria’s Lover” and “My Last Duchess.” In “Porphyria’s Lover”, Browning familiarizes the reader with the mind of an extremely controlling and possessive man, while “My Last Duchess” tells the story about the Duke of Ferrara telling the ambassador, the murder of his wife and the motives behind it. As we compare and contrast these works we will find there are more similarities than differences. Both poems are similar in narration, the speakers are male, seen as being extremely jealous and unremorseful. These poems were written as dramatic monologues. This literary form is meant to show the reader the narrator’s most inner thoughts during a dramatic situation, therefore the reader can explore the abnormal psychology involved in the two acts of murder. Before the murders, both men are shown to be dangerously possessive of their women. In “Porphyria’s Lover” and “My Last Duchess there is only one point of view. This view is expressed throughout the poems and the reoccurring theme is murder as they both show the idea of men killing a lover. The speaker in the beginning of ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ the Pietkoski, Two narrator is dwelling in a cottage in the country side. He is anxious for her to arrive, “I listened with heart fit to break.” He is clearly unhappy and angry. The reader realizes this from the beginning because he talks about “the sullen wind ’tore, ‘vex and spite.’ However, when Porphyria arrives , the mood changes and she ‘shut the cold out and the storm..’ Evidently the narrator feels comfortable and warmed by her presence. Porphyria starts

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