Both ‘My Last Duchess’ and ‘Porphyria's Lover’ Are Dramatic Monologues About Murder but They Have Very Different Protagonists. How Does Browning Guide the Readers Response to the Two Murderers?
Throughout ‘My Last Duchess’ browning is intentionally …show more content…
Porphyria’s Lover on the other hand differs from My Last Duchess, as Porphyria’s Lover is a far more emotional poem compared to the sinister My Last Duchess. Porphyria’s Lover opens with a scene taken straight from the Romantic poetry of the earlier nineteenth century. While a storm rages outdoors, the setting of the scene plays a large part in ‘Porphyria’s Lover.’ It sets up for bad things to come as it creates an evil atmosphere. I find that the weather also mimics the Lovers mood through personification. First it is ‘sullen’, this is just like how he is when Porphyria enters, but underneath it all he is rather violent, just like the weather as it ‘tore down elm-trees’ and ‘vex the lake’. His love for Porphyria is the reason for the shocking impact of the murder, which contrasts with My Last Duchess, as throughout the poem there were clues of the Duchess’s impending murder. Once again Browning is using the dramatic monologue to show the psychological insanity of the main protagonist
The Destination of both poems is a psychological study of possession whether it be the Duke’s possession of the painting and his Duchess or Porphyria’s anonymous