Mind In Porphyria's Lover

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The Depths of the Human Mind in “Porphyria’s Lover” The human brain is by far one of the most complex works of nature in the world. The human brain is the control panel to the human body, and it also holds an identity and all memory. The brain also produces a human’s thoughts. Human thought is so important that there are people who are paid to think; they are called philosophers. The mind can do insane things and can go to extreme depths. Physcologists are people who study the human brain. They look at the depths the brain can go to as well as psychoanalyzing human behavior. Robert Browning’s poem “Porphyria’s Lover” is about a psychotic man that feels the only way of keeping his girlfriend from leaving him is by killing her, which he does …show more content…
The psychoanalytic concept of denial discusses “believing that something unhappy never took place”. For the speaker in Robert Browning’s poem “Porphyria’s Lover” he must go into denial mode immediately after he kills his girlfriend, Porphyria. Toward the end of the poem, once everything has transpired, and when the speaker is now content with his relationship, he says that for the whole “night long we have not stirr’d,/ And yet God has not said a word!” (Browning 59-60). The speaker is completely avoiding and denying to himself that he killed Porphyria. He refers to “God” in that there has been no repercussions that could have been sparked by a higher power. The concept of Judgement Day is big in the christian religion where a God will come down and judge the people. This could be an allusion to that as well as clearly the speaker has sinned. This most shows his craziness and how he can just put the fact that he killed his girlfriend behind him so soon. The denial of it however justifies his behaviors and the depths of his mind because it makes everything okay for him. Every bad thing he did was justified to him, and that is what matters most for