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Robert Graves: I, Claudius Essay

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In the book I, Claudius written by the novelist Robert Graves is a fictional autobiography about a man named, Tiberius Claudius who lives in Ancient Greece. He has some tremendous conflicts within himself which the author shows through his use of characterization and imagery.
Born on the July 24, 1885, Robert Graves was born into a family of a well diverse European heritage with his family tree full of Irish, Scottish, German, English, and Danish natives. He was also born into an awfully wealthy family so he was well off as a child. His uncle, Leopold von Ranke, was a historian, a very highly accomplished one at that. In the Eighteenth Century he had another relative, Richard Graves, whom wrote The Spiritual Quixote it was a novel only successful in its time era. His father even wrote poetry, though there is no evidence that Robert wrote poetry or novels, but actually he tried to escape his fathers hold on him and make an identity for himself and make his own life.
In his youth he went to preparatory schools instead of attending any regular schools. In 1907, he got a scholarship to go to Charterhouse. While there he had many harsh feelings towards any of his fellow classmates and even less feelings for the teachers there. He started up writing poetry after he was a boxer and becoming school boxing champion in Welter and Middle weight. In academics he was very successful also. So successful that he got a full ride St. Johns College in Oxford where he wanted to study classics. He travelled to the nearest place he could find for officer training and signing up as a reaction to the declaration of war for WWI. While on a holiday vacation in Wales he .joined the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He toured France as a captain in the month of May in 1915.
Fading into a silent senility from a brain disease Graves continued to work until the day of his death at the age of 90 on December 7, 1985. Many call him or know him as a war poet or the guy who wrote I, Claudius, but reality he wrote over a hundred different books about many different things including war and Greek Mythology and many others.

I, Claudius, is a book taking a turn from and actual autobiography to a fictional autobiography making it more interesting. It starts off with Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus writing about himself, his family, and the society/ people around him in Rome.
Born in 10 B.C., Claudius was noted as an idiot or an imbecile to his family and people of Rome. This is where the Conflicts of the book happen are with man versus man, man versus supernatural/gods, man versus society, and man versus self. Claudius would stammer, mumble, and stutter anytime that he would get nervous around others in a sticky situation. Like when he goes to see the Sibyl he is dressed in a robe, yet the Sibyl knows who it is because he says, “O Sib… Sib… Sib… Sib… Sib…”(I, Claudius, chapter 1, page 11) in a stammer he could not keep from doing. When the Sibyl answers Claudius, she answers...

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