Analyzing How Robert Browning Uses Dramatic Monologue to Portray Madness in His Poems My Last Duchess and Porphyria's Lover

Analyzing How Robert Browning Uses Dramatic Monologue to Portray Madness in His Poems My Last Duchess and Porphyria's Lover

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Analyzing How Robert Browning Uses Dramatic Monologue to Portray Madness in His Poems My Last Duchess and Porphyria's Lover

A dramatic monologue is when a character in a piece of writing speaks
their thoughts and feelings out loud. It is used because it gives an
insight into the persons mind. Browning chose this form for the two
poems because it makes the poem feel more realistic and you know
everything the character is feeling it also subconsciously makes the
reader feel certain emotions towards particular characters.

The poems reflect the Victorian mind by talking about madness. During
the Victorian era madness was considered taboo- respectable people did
not speak of it whether in public or in private, but thought about
them all the same. Victorians had to repress sexual emotions as it was
considered to be highly disrespectful to yourself.

Victorians loved to read and as it was wrong for them to talk about
madness, sex and violence, they would read about it instead, this was
a way of liberating the repressed emotions. Victorians were allowed to
read about the subjects because it is not them who is in the wrong it
is the characters in the story. The same applies to writing about
taboo subjects - if you made out that it is somebody else doing it
then it is acceptable. Browning's readers would have been most
interested in the violence and madness in these poems, as there is no
reference to sex in them. I think this is why Browning chose to write
about this subject; because the poems gave the readers to feel the
feeling they had repressed. In both of the poems there are shows of
madness and violence.

The poem "My Last Duchess" wa...


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...rent because
Porphyria's lover murdered her himself and felt a twang of guilt which
quickly passed as he convinced himself she was peaceful. Both are
affected by attitudes to women as Porphyria could not leave her
husband for her lover because she would be disrespected, and the Duke
was affected because he only saw his wife a possession not a real
person.

In these two poems I think Browning was trying to show his readers how
badly women were treated and looked upon. I think he was trying to
help women get more respect and display all the things that they
couldn't do because they were the property of the men. I also think he
was trying to show that looks can be deceiving; never judge a book by
its cover, the duke and lover seemed to be sane but when you study
them a bit closer you see the pages of the book inside.

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