Comparison Between The Text, The Most Dangerous Game By Richard Connell And The Poem, Porphyria's Lover By Robert Browning.

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The short story "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell and the poem "Porphyria's Lover" by Robert Browning, both show the concept of relationships. The short story "The Most Dangerous Game", shows a relationship between two hunters, one very well known to the public and the other who is not very well known, but has a enormous amount of skill, while on the other hand, "Porphyria's Lover" shows the relationship between the narrator and a woman who loves him.The poem "Porphyria's Lover" is set in a cottage somewhere in the countryside. The two main characters of the poem is Porphyria who is a young woman in love with the narrator. Porphyria's Lover, also the narrator is a man who does not speak a word throughout the poem, with an odd personality, possibly a lunatic. The entire perspective of the poem is seen through the man thus it might not be what he actually says such as bending the truth. The diction and the register of the text that the composer uses is considered formal as it does not uses any other type such as colloquialism. The narrator starts of with the setting and mood of the setting such as the quote "The rain set early in tonight,The sullen wind was soon awake".The composer uses personification in the use of awake, as awake is a living characteristic as well as that it is quite a bit of irony as tonight and awake are a very weak connection. The relationship at the start shows that Porphyria is a very caring a loving person, who has strong feelings for the narrator and it gives the reader the impression that she is very affectionate. This can be seen through quotes such as "She shut the cold out and the storm,And kneeled and made the cheerless grateBlaze up, and all the cottage warm;"This quote shows that she cares about him very deeply and is doing him a favour by keeping him warm from the cold storm outside, while the narrator is sitting there on his chair all day long. Thus giving her a status as a friend in terms of relationship to the reader's eyes. The composer also uses personification here as well, describing the grate as "cheerless, giving the effect that the grate is cold, damp and wet, thus unhappy. However as the story progress she begins to act sexually towards the narrator and the quote "And, last, she sat down by my sideAnd called me. When no voice replied,She put my arm about her waist,And made her smooth white shoulder bare,And all her yellow hair displacedAnd, stooping, made my cheek lie there,And spread, o'er all, her yellow hair,"Shows this. The composer's use of "and" at the start of each line in the quote has the use of repetition, which emphasizes that Porphyria had made many moves to sexually arouse the narrator, to have sex with her. The rhythm in the last three lines also adds emphasizes that she had many attractions such as her showing off her white shoulder bare, and also her bright yellow hair. This is effective because it gives the poem a tempo that the reader should read at and also gives detailed...

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