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Analysis Of Porphyria’s Lover By Robert Browning

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Imagine a mysterious speaker is sitting by himself in his house on a very stormy night. When all of a sudden his lover arrives out of the storm, starting up the fireplace and removing her wet outer clothing. She sits down next to her lover to snuggle and cuddle, laying his head on her shoulder. The unknown man looks her in the eyes, finally realizing how much she loves him. So…he chokes her with her own hair. Then opens her eyes and takes the hair from around her neck. Spending the rest of the night with her as if nothing ever happened. Creepy right?
In Porphyria’s Lover a poem written by Robert Browning the irony is sharply clear, the narrator has committed a very brutal act and justifies ...view middle of the document...

Just maybe Porphyria’s free “fallen” hair represents her reputation in society. She has fallen from her high stature in their society for the act of see the narrator or for possibly having sexual relations with him and not being married which at that time was considered a sin. This is also the first time the narrator speaks of the color of Porphyria’s hair, “yellow” which is often associated with purity and children. By using yellow the narrator is referring to Porphyria as pure of imperfections and delicate as a child. It could also imply that she was once simple but is now lost in a sea of never ending sin and damnation. In lines 38-41 the narrator takes all of Porphyria’s hair, wraps it three times around her neck ultimately choking her to death. Why not use his hands or a blunt object? Browning uses this as a way to question your own sanity, he leaves an open door for your dark side to interact with the poem by creating various ways the narrator could have killed Porphyria. He also uses this as a way to show that Porphyria’s own sin (her hair) killed her and that it was long due because of her social standing the narrator feels that she is above him but by killing her he feels that her social status no longer means anything.
There’s is not a lot of talking throughout the poem most of it is the narrators internal conflict over his relationship. He never speaks directly to Porphyria nor does she speak to him most of the poem is composed of eye contact. In lines 31-32 the narrator makes his first known movement, instead of continuing to let Porphyria move his limbs to her liking the narrator...

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