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The Old Hero Essay

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The Old Hero
(A Discussion about the Hero Ulysses in his Older Years)
There was once a story written about a man from Ancient Greece who deceived man and God. He was a part of a famous war, The Trojan War, which of course had the famous Trojan Horse Tactic, was a very important part of history. For both historic and literary purposes. “Still seeking to gain entrance into Troy, clever Odysseus (some say with the aid of Athena) ordered a large wooden horse to be built. Its insides were to be hollow so that soldiers could hide within it.”(Pompey) It created one of the best characters of all time. His name is Ulysses. There was an old book written by Homer about him, and then in the 19th century ...view middle of the document...

Next, the second thing you can take away from this story is what Ulysses thinks about aging. It is pretty obvious in life that not one person enjoys getting old. You can't do the same things you did when you were young, as when you are an old man. “In a lot of ways, Ulysses resembles a retiree, someone who’s had a long eventful life and has been forced to hang it up just a bit too soon.”(Peterson) Ulysses hates the fact that he is getting old and losing his strength. He used to be one of the greatest warriors, and now he is worthless. "We are not now that strength which in old days, Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are one equal temper of heroic hearts"(Page 973, line 66-68) basically what this means is that Ulysses is really upset about the fact that he can't do anything like before. He is angered actually, and blames time and fate!
Finally, the last thing you can take away from Tennyson’s poem is the thoughts on life in general by Ulysses. From the reading you can take away many different ideas on general life. What I take away is that Ulysses takes life moment by moment, second by second and day by day. He doesn't look to the future, doesn't relish in the past, but stays in the present and thinks about now. "The long day wanes, the slow moon climbs; the deep Moans round with many voices"(page 972, lines 55-56) you just have to go with the flow of the ocean and let the wind take you away. That's how Ulysses lives. Many people believe Ulysses just wanted to...

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