The Dramatic Monologues Of Browning And Tennyson — страница 3
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expresses his discontent with his current condition He calls himself and ‘idle king,’ and does not believe there to be any use for him at home. This sets the mood for the rest of the poem, alerting the reader of the adventurous spirit of Ulysses, and his dissatisfaction with remaining at home. He starts explaining his restlessness by telling his crew I cannot rest from travel giving us a great insight as to the kind of person he is. We can already assume that he has a desire to live life to the fullest, claiming he will drink/Life to the lees. In spite of all the things he has experienced, he seems fascinated with the things he has not experienced. The more he learns and discovers the greater his desire to learn more. He is distressed because he feels he should make the most of every moment he has left. He longs to pursue knowledge ‘beyond the utmost bound of human thought.” Through this, Tennyson has explicitly expressed to the reader what Ulysses is thinking and feeling. It is very clear that the mood of the poem is a balance between distressful of what he has, and longing, and excitement towards what he may see and experience. He makes it perfectly clear that he has a hungry heart , always wanting more action, and feels he is the man he is because of his travels – I am part of all that I have met. He also declares that he will pursue death. Although full of life, Ulysses seems to welcome death with open arms, wanting to embrace death in his own way. He realises he has not much time left before death will come for him anyway, so he wants to go out on one final adventure before nature runs its course and kills him off. Tennyson gives Ulysses sufficient charisma to keep him in the readers’ good graces. He speaks with such confidence and eloquence in describing his past achievements and adventures that the reader is almost as convinced of his superiority as he is himself. More significant are Ulysses redemptive qualities, his courage and lack of cynicism for instance. He may be old and unhappy in his present situation, but the, genuine faith he has in his dream prevents anyone else from questioning its validity. Ulysses admits that they are not as strong as they were when they were young. However, only their physical strength has deteriorated, as they are still strong in will . Nearing the end of the monologue, we are swept away by the confident, dramatic lines. Come, my friends,/ Tis not too late to seek a newer world. This open invitation to almost join Ulysses on his great adventure leave us feeling inspired and strong, thus leaving a bond between reader and speaker. It is almost as if he has brought out the hero in us all with his charismatic personality, and confident words. Tennyson captures the mood of the monologue perfectly in his last four lines. An admission of his age, but also an inspiring confident, approach to the rest of Ulysses life. Ulysses admits that We are not now that strength which in old days/Moved earth and heaven but also explains that which we are, we are. He realises they have been Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will/To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. This final line is so powerful, that even if it were standing its on, the reader would be given a clear indication of his personality. It is everything he stands, everything he believes in. Although Ulysses and Tithonus are not polar opposites, they aren t exactly the same either. It is a case of imperfect immortality and imperfect mortality – neither can win. Tithonus does not want his immortality, and although Ulysses has his life, he does not want it either, but doesn t mind taking advantage of the time he has left. Whereas Ulysses has a confident and almost persuasive personality, Tithonus is always moaning. Although they are both depressed with their current situations, Ulysses can change his, whereas Tithonus can do nothing but accept the way it is. Ulysses may be the one exception to the idea that all the main characters will repeat themselves over and over. Because of his nature, I feel if he was to get his way, he d stop talking about it immediately, and go out on that final battle, however, I feel if he were to be rejected by his crew, he may go on about the issue all the time. It is basically dependant on the success of his speech. Ultimately, it is clear, as with most monologues that the speakers speak to understand something about themselves, to pursue their own life s meaning. Repeating themselves, may simply be a way of searching for an answer and understanding themselves and their situation better. However, having said this, by the end of the four monologues I have studied, nothing has changed, nothing has been resolved.