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 …show more content…
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 â€¦â€¦â€¦
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