Porphyria's Lover Discussion Questions

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Compare and contrast "Porphyria's Lover" with another of Browning's dramatic monologues, such as "Johannes Agricola" or "My Last Duchess." What similar patterns do you see in the writing? What differs in their tone and style?

In "Porphyria's Lover," what clues suggest that the speaker's account is unreliable, that what he says cannot be true? What would make you not trust his recounting of what happened?

Do some research into the psychology behind crimes of passions. Based on your research, are crimes of passion only committed by those who are mentally unstable, or are "normal" people also capable of such acts?

Do some research into the way modern U.S. courts evaluate sexually-motivated crimes. Explain how a modern court would address the crime and criminal that this poem presents. What do you consider would be a just punishment for Porphyria's lover? Explain your answer.

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