Robert Browning's Texts My Last Duchess And Porphyria's Lover

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(A Literary Comparison of Robert Browning’s Texts My Last Duchess and Porphyria’s Lover) “My love as deep; the more I give to thee, / The more I have, for both are infinite.” (Shakespeare). Most people have fallen in love at least once in their lives. I too fall in this category. Just like any Disney movie that you watch, people fall in love with each other, and they get married and live happily ever after right? Wrong! In real life, there are some strange things that can happen, including death, divorce, or other weird things that you never see in Disney movies. Robert Browning’s literary works are great examples of “Non-Fairytale Endings”. Not only does Browning have endings in his stories that aren’t the norm in children
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In Duchess, the duke that is the speaker says bluntly that he killed his last wife. As the speaker says, “I gave commands; then the smiling stopped altogether” (Lines 45-46). These lines mean that he told her to stop smiling, but she didn’t listen to him, so therefore he killed her, thus the smiles stopped forever. He explained that he did this such action because she smiled too much. In the same way, the speaker of Lover explained that he killed his lover as well. The speaker grabbed his woman’s hair, and wrapped it around her neck three times, and strangled her to death! “I found a thing to do, and all her hair in one long yellow string I wound three times her little throat around, and strangled her” (Lines 37-41). These lines show how the speaker killed his lover in a very disgusting way. Smith states, "Disaster" couples showed signs of being in fight-or-flight mode in their relationships” (Smith). This quote shows that bad couples don’t get along at all and they either fight or flight. In these to poems by Browning they definitely fight instead of …show more content…
The speaker in Duchess, if trailed would be found guilty of premeditated murder. Premeditated murder is when you plan to kill someone. This speaker does this because he warns his wife to stop smiling at other guys, and so he had it planned that he would kill her, so when she didn’t stop smiling at other guys, he killed her! As for the other speaker, in Lover, he just randomly decides to kill his girl. This speaker was just sitting at home, and although he was upset,he wasn’t planning on killing her, until all of a sudden he decided that to make her happy he would kill her, so he did! Smith mentions, "A lot of times, a partner is trying to do the right thing even if it's executed poorly” (Smith). This statement shows that he was trying to make his girl happy it just was executed very poorly. His girl wasn’t happy with him so he tried to make her happy. Obviously, Robert Browning’s two texts, Duchess, and Porphyria’s Lover can be compared and contrasted. They can be similar because both speakers in the texts killed their women, they were both jealous. Also the two texts had some differences, the main one being the difference in kinds of murder. Budda states, “Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth” (Francesca). It's important

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