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The King Of Kings: Ozymandias Essay

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Percy Shelley wrote many exceptional and memorable stories through poetry. Born in 1792, and died in 1822, Shelly did not live a very long life. Actually Shelly, along with the other generation two writers of the Romantic era died young; however, the way Shelly had died was very shocking. After publishing one of his famous works, Ode to the West Wind, only a few weeks after Shelly died from the west winds destroying his ship and resulting in Shelley drowning. As tragic as that was not only is his works very remarkable, but these three stories, Ozymandias, Ode to the West Wind, and To a Skylark all paint a strong sensory image; however, the one providing the clearest sense of ideas and ...view middle of the document...

Next, all kings wish to be the best in the ruling history. But someone like Ozymandias took his ruling to a whole new level. Not only did he state that he was the best king in Egyptian history, but no one will overcome the power he had. “Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” stated Ozymandias, (Prentice Hall Literature, 2013, pg. 869 line 11). Say a student at WHS (Worland High School) was to build a statue in front of the school stating with their quote “I am the best student at WHS of all time.” This would create some serious issues in the district, and also for the student. How exactly is “the best student of all time” determined? Not only can this not be determined, but it relates to King Ozymandias. Someone with as much power as Ozymandias to think they are the greatest in the world is wrong. And in fact, they should step down and see everyone else’s perspective of them. One would think they would be the greatest ruler of all time until it is understood, and thought of the people’s perspective of that individual.
Finally, majority of statues have a lot of ideas and charter behind them. A creative quote from Ozymandias himself, “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” (Prentice Hall Literature, 2013, pg. 869 lines 10-11). Character, wisdom, gratitude, and honor is what defines a true king. Someone loyal and civilized, and not...

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