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

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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
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The bad weather also reflects the narrator's mood. When Porphyria enters, she shuts out the wind and cold. This can also mean that she is trying to shut out the wind and the cold out of her life but fails as the poem progresses. When the door is shut, the narrator feels better. These four lines are a very good opening to what I think is an excellently portrayed poem of what a psychopath is thinking whilst committing a crime.

The narrator in 'Porphyria's Lover' can be described as insane with jealousy. The passage states:

That moment she was mine, mine, fair,

Perfectly pure and good ………

This quotation has the repetition of the word 'mine', which implies that he regarded Porphyria as a possession and controlled her like a toy. The second line of my quotation means that he knew that she only loved him and the love for him was pure and he wanted it to stay this way, and the only way to do this was to murder her knowing that she loved him only and no one else. The word pure means she only loved him and no one else. ======================================================================

There also is an implied listener in this poem, as we do not know if he is thinking, or maybe writing an account in his diary. It

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