Strangling of the Female Selves : A Study of Two Poems By Robert Browning
Keywords:Patriarchy; Dominance; Power; Authority; Females; Resistance.
Women in the Victorian society underwent an intense repression in the male dominated society and this is very often reflected in most of the Victorian literary outputs. Prohibition, restriction in the guise of morality imprisoned the females in the dark corner of society . Robert Browning, one of the eminent poets of the victorian age, in his poetry ventured to violate this tradition of suppressed women and let them enjoy their liberty repudiating the patriarchal dominance. His women were made to challenge patriarchal authority and find their deliverance in their own way. This paper seeks to focus on two of Browningâ€™s poems â€œMy Last Duchessâ€ and â€œ Porphyriaâ€™s Loverâ€ from the collection â€œDramatic Lyricsâ€ to show how the women were subdued by the male authority and how they resisted this repression subverting the traditional patriarchal power structure.