The Arguement Regarding Odysseus — страница 2

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his people and speaks on them distantly, almost indifferently. What make the poem truly demonic and dark are the last words of Odysseus: Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will/ To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. These words echo the words of Satan in Paradise Lost, in which Satan declares, And courage never to submit or yield/ And what is else not to be overcome? Odysseus, according to Tennyson, is taking and conquering, without giving anything and without regret for anyone he hurts. The first line of the poem also shows Ulysses as a cad. It little profits him to stay there in Ithaca with his aged wife. To his Apostles, Christ said For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul (Matthew 16:21) Is Odysseus damned or saved?

Is there anything wrong with his ambition and desire to wander and seek? Kazantzakis feels that Ulysses is completing himself by his constant wanderings. Tennyson and Dante feel that he s doing things for the wrong reasons, is deceptive, and not taking his place in nature. Who is right? Who has the most convincing argument? It all depends on how one looks at it and what one believes. Works Cited Odysseus/ Ulysses. Chelsea House Publishers. New York: Main Line Book Co, 1991.