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Reader Response 4 Porphyria’s Lover “While I debated what to do. That moment she was mine, mine, fair, perfectly pure and good: I found a thing to do, and all her hair in one long yellow string I wound three times her little throat and strangled her” (Browning). In this piece of text, Porphyria’s lover talks of her as though she is not a human being, but an object or something of possession. He kills her and dehumanizes her in the process, turning her into a possession that is his. “Her darling one wish would be heard. And thus we sit together now, and all night long we have not stirred, and yet god has not said a word!” (Browning). It is interesting to note that Porphyria’s lover mentions that even god has not judged him for his actions, but this may be easily explained when taking the social norms of Victorian Society into consideration. Physical abuse towards women was not necessarily looked down upon by society as it was seen as a common and everyday occurrence.
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