How do men treat women in Porphyria’s Lover, My Last Duchess, Havisham and A Married State?
In Porphyria’s Lover we see the views of a man and how he thinks that women are destructive. This is because in the poem the mistress is known a Porphyria, which is a type of deadly disease. I think that the poet, indirectly calling her Porphyria, is one big metaphor describing her to being deadly. Perhaps he thinks she is deadly because he is madly in love with her when maybe he shouldn’t be. Also the poem shows how men are the leaders, because in the poem for them to meet up she was the one who had to travel to him in the freezing cold and pouring rain. As well as that it is as though he is embarrassed by her because he is meeting her in a deserted place. The theme of power over women is also explored in Porphyria’s Lover by Robert Browning, where the poet makes the narrator of the poem(Porphyria’s Lover) repeat the word "mine" to highlight his possession of her. In addition to this, it is the woman’s physical body which is arranged, in such a powerless position which in a weird way represents the power which men hold over women. There is also objectification to women “And give herself to me forever”, as though she were an object that cannot object doesn’t have any emotions and admire him. Then Porphyria’s Lover kills her, I think because he wanted that to be the last moment with her as he felt true happiness, “made my heart swell, and still it grew” I think that he thought that she was so happy and content that she wouldn’t mind dying there and then. “I am quite sure she felt no pain”, but she was human and did feel the pain but he didn’t see her like that. “And yet God has not said a word!” because he feels he hasn’t been punished by God yet, he feels as though killing her was the right thing to do.
My Last Duchess is a poem that has many important themes, one of these themes being objectification to women. The women in this poem known as the last duchess was...
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