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The art of the dramatic monologue is to create a character who reveals himself in what he has to say How far do you agree with this statement in terms of the two Robert Browning poems you are studying My Last Duchess and Porphyrias Lover In this essay I will attempt to compare and contrast Brownings My Last Duchess and Porphyrias Lover Both poems deal with the themes of Obsessive and Possessive Love which are displayed in contrasting ways Dramatic Monologue will be the basis of this essay I will attempt to see if the characters in each poem creates a character who reveals himself in what he has to say To be a dramatic monologue the poem must have a recognised speaker and an implicit listener The reader usually perceives what the orator is not saying by reading between what he actually does say Porphyrias Lover is a monologue spoken by the mysterious Lover It is about a possessive lover who kills the woman he loves so that her love for him is eternal and enshrined forever The idea of this is slightly absurd and makes us wonder if he is in fact somewhat insane My Last Duchess is also a monologue but told by the Duke He is telling the servant of his future wife of his previous spouse We learn towards the end of the true demise of the Duchess and how his love for her was fuelled by jealousy Both also speak to an unseen audience We know the Duke is speaking to a servant however to whom the Lover is speaking to is unknown The title My Last Duchess already implies as to what deeds the Duke has committed My implies possessiveness or the Dukes will to own this woman Last can be implying that perhaps this woman is the last in a line of women he has married or perhaps he wishes for no other Finally
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