First of all, both of Browning’s texts incorporate the idea of mental instability through the speakers. The famous quote is stated as: “Love is mad.” For the two texts presented, that definitely applies. Particularly in My Last Duchess, madness can be clearly assessed when the speaker begins to talk to his deceased wife’s portrait. This craze is described when Browning writes: “There she stands as if alive. Will’t please you rise? We’ll meet the company below, then.” (pg. 980 lines 47-48) He talks to the painting as though she was alive, which is just one example of craziness. Maria C. Lamia from Psychology Today expands on this concept when she writes: “When love involves an initial state of bliss, it can ...
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