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Love And Hate Essay

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The mind of a psychotic can be an interesting maze to travel. The reason's that they do what they do will probably remain a mystery for a long time, despite technological advancements. The reasoning for some psychotics “slips” and harms to others can possibly be explained by Owen J. Flanagan, as he states, “The fact that slips sometimes take even the person himself by surprise is explained by the fact that unconscious wishes are usually unknown to the person himself.” (Flanagan). This can help explain how the men act within the stories My Last Duchess and Porphyria’s Lover. Furthermore, this is a comparative analysis of the lover’s within Porphyria’s Lover and My Last Duchess, both by Robert ...view middle of the document...

Both men were extremely jealous because their lover's were not happy simply with them. In My Last Duchess, the man is extremely territorial and becomes jealous when he sees that others can make his wife just as happy as he can. As stated in the poem, "She thanked men, -- good! but thanked/Somehow -- I know not how -- as if she ranked/My gift of a nine-hundred-years-old name/With anybody's gift." (Browning). In Porphyria's Lover, the man is jealous that she has been going out to parties and how she has seen other men. This bothers him because it upsets his view that she is his and his alone. As David M. Buss states, “Jealousy can keep a couple committed or drive a man to savagely beat his wife” (Buss). Also, both still percieved their lover's as still living. After Porphyria is dead, the man says that she is his forever now. The man in My Last Duchess also seems to feel that the woman in the picture is still somehow "alive" and living peacefully, only for his eyes to see.
The biggest difference between the two stories is that of the reasoning in which the crime was committed. In My Last Duchess, he killed her out of jealousy and rage, because she was too easily made happy. In Porphyria's Lover, he kills her because he loves her to the point that he wants to be with her forever. Porphyria's lover wishes to preserve that moment forever, and the only way to do so was to kill her. He wishes to preserve the moment because he realizes that she worships him, but is otherwise occupied. As Browning states in the poem, "Happy and proud; at last I knew/Porphyria worshipped me;" (Browning). The fact that they killed their lover’s is further amplified by Jenny Mouzos, stating, “These studies suggest that any advantage marriage might otherwise have for women is offset by the homicide risk they face from their spouses.” (Mouzos)....

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