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Equal Insanity Essay

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The topic of women’s equality to men has been a constant debate throughout the centuries. Women ave fought for equality and have reached many milestones and they are much more equal then they were, especially at the beginning of our nation’s history. This fight for equality has gained more support over the centuries and at this point the two sexes are more equal then they have ever been in the past however, even now, when this nation claims to be a land of equality for all, there is still inequality present. Letters written during the fight for women’s suffrage worded it this way, “Ah! how many of my sex feel in the dominion, thus unrighteously exercised over them, under the gentle ...view middle of the document...

“Too easily impressed; se liked whate’er she looked on, and her looks went everywhere.”(My Last Duchess lines 23-24) The speaker believed his duchess to be too happy, too easily impressed with anyone and everything around her. Not only this but he felt that she should be grateful and worship him because of the action he took in marrying her. Similar to the speaker of My last Duchess, the speaker of Porphyria’s Lover finds himself upset with Porphyria because of her seeming disregard for him. He believed she should be entirely devoted to him and have the ability to control her thoughts and actions. However, it is when he realizes that she worships him that he decides to kill her. “Be sure I looked up at her eyes happy and proud; at least I knew Porphyria worshipped me; surprise made my heart swell, and still it grew while I debated what to do.”(Porphyria’s Lover lines 31-35) It is soon after this point that he decides to strangle her and keep her as his forever just as she may have asked him to do so. It is difficult to imagine one who says he loves a woman yet he will take her life from her so prove himself the more powerful. “In Porphyria's Lover and My Last Duchess, no matter how hard the speakers attempt to make their respective relationship with the female object a monologic one, they are, nevertheless, ‘condemned’ to the dialogical dynamic of romantic relationships. The woman does not meet the demands of their ideas of amor, and as a result they are unsure of her romantic obligation and attempt to sadistically regain authority either by arbitrating her commitment (Porphyria's Lover) or by erasing her altogether (My Last Duchess).” The speakers of both poems disrespect the women and end their freedom, as well as their lives, yet both seem to have a different motivation. The speaker of Last believes he was not worshiped enough and needed more respect from if wife while the speaker of Lover found that the woman loved and worshiped him yet still he committed the act of murder stating it was what she desired.
Not only do both speakers of the poems speak of the women in their lives, they both express a deep sense of jealousy for their own reasons. The speaker of Last finds that every small thing makes his wife smile and this alone makes him upset. He believes that he himself should effect her more and she should not be so ready to smile or be joyous at every little thing in her life. “All and each would draw from her alike the approving speech, or blush, at least. She thanked men--good! but thanked somehow--I know not how--as if she ranked my gift of a nine-hundred-year-old name with anybody’s gift.”(My Last Duchess lines 29-34) It becomes obvious that the speaker was jealous of the fact that he was not the sole receiver or the smiles and joy of his duchess and thus he took away her happiness. He wanted more respect and believed that to be what he deserved, and when he felt it was not given he took her life from her. Porphyria’s Lover is a very...

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