The Gift Of Life: Ulysses By Alfred

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Every living thing was giving the gift of life. Life is something unimaginable, something that is hard to explain in a way. No matter where you came from, life is precious and sometimes mistaken. In the text Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson his mariners and Ulysses are not ever taken their life for granted. As stated by Ulysses, “My mariners, souls that have toiled and wrought, and thought with me--that ever with a frolic welcome took...Old age hath yet his honor and his toil; death closes all; but something ere the end, some work of noble note, may yet be done, not unbecoming men that strove with Gods.” (Prentice Hall Literature [the British tradition - volume two] page 972 lines 45-55). No matter how old one was, anything is possible. The only thing that stops one from pursuing something great is death, but before that happens live a great life like Ulysses and do things that are unexpected because before it is known death is right around the corner. Ulysses and his feelings about aging and his attitude toward life in general are things one would not normally do when they are old, but as Ulysses puts it is that even though you are old you can still do things that you were able to do when you were young.
First, Ulysses, has lived a great life and never lets anything come between him. Age is something that will eventually lead to death. One could only wish for eternal life, but instead Ulysses had a different perspective of what he thought on life. Even though it is highly impossible to do what one human male or female could do when they were in their mid-teens or pre-adults, instead this was motivation to Ulysses. This was the life to cherish, him and his mariners should go further in life, do things they have always wanted to do because once you are dead none of that is possible.
Second, there was a belief of an afterlife in Ulysses view. As most religions believe in afterlife, Ulysses was a big mentor of that belief. In a way he encourages them to make use of the oldness in them because “Tis not too late to seek a newer world.” Says Ulysses (Prentice Hall Literature [the British tradition - volume two] page 972 line 57). There is every chance that one gets to experience until you...

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