Shelley's poem "Ozymandias" is about a ruined statue of a powerful ruler who once controlled an ancient kingdom. Browning depicts that Ozymandias was a very harsh ruler - this is shown by the quote, “His sneer of cold command”, his “sneer” shows that Ozymandias somewhat abused his power because he was cruel leader; this leads the reader on to think that King Ozymandias was most liely a dictator in his ancient kingdom. “Cold command” is an example of harsh alliteration, the strong repetition of the letter ‘c’ at the start of both words once again gives a representation of power, “command” also represents the dictatorship of pharaos kingdom and the use of the word “cold” may show that by being a dictator and abusing power this can
One of the most important themes in Romeo and Juliet was loyalty, loyalty to family. Romeo and Juliet crossed that line when they fell in love, but both still had strong ties to their families. Many say that; blood is thicker than water, but at the same time, many also say that; loves conquers all. The question that kept running through my mind was: where will Han’s loyalties lie? When Romeo kills Tybalt right after marrying Juliet, it is clear that he is still extremely loyal to his friends and family, even though he knew that Tybalt was Juliet’s cousin.
Antigone’s pride came from her respect for her family and honoring the gods and their divine law, while Creon’s pride was an arrogant trait. Tiresias, the blind prophet claims Creon will lose his family for the crimes of leaving Polyneices unburied. Creon later realizes his mistaken pride. For example, “Fate has brought all of my pride to a thought of dust (Creon, Exodus).” This quote reveals that Tiresias’ prophecy or fate had portrayed Creon’s downfall, yet still filled with pride, refused to admit to his wrong doing. After Creon’s family’s deaths, Creon’s pride crumbles as he realizes he was wrong in his actions.
Richer than all his tribe.” Othello believes that Desdemona too much and was blind to her “unfaithfulness”. He says he is not a jealous man, but has been made into one, by her “wrongdoings”. He feels that she has made a fool of him after he had originally put all of his trust into her. Othello and Desdemona were truly in love, until Iago became tangled up in their life. Even at the end of Desdemona’s life, she continued to deeply love Othello.
Antigone’s virtuous personality and the need to do what is right for her brother, Polyneices, is why she is considered a classical Greek tragic hero. Antigone can’t stand the fact to see her brother humiliated so she immediately takes action. Antigone runs to the town square and gives her brother a proper burial process, even though it is against king Creon’s word. She understands that if she doesn’t take action and bury her brother, she will regret it for the rest of eternity. Antigone would selflessly die for her brother’s proper burial and freedom in the afterlife because she values her family more than anything on this earth.
The Iliad is the first great book, and the first great book about the suffering and loss of war. Homer, for reasons of his own, suppressed the truth about the Trojan war- in reality, the Greeks lost. Homer once said, “Men learn with difficulty… But they are deceived only too readily”. In The Iliad, two characters have the narrative urge, and something approaching a synoptic view of the scenes surging around them. Achilles sings stories of heroes' deeds in battle, and Helen embroiders scenes of fighting on an elaborate textile.
Culture. Culture is really what defines classic. Timeless pieces of literature are the ones that appeal to generation after generation. Literature that someone from the 1600’s wrote is likely to be popular in the 1600’s, especially if written by a famous poet/author like Shakespeare or Jonson. But how would that particular piece of literature stand up to the test today?
Imagery in Words The Most powerful thing a poem can do is invoke powerful imagery. A well written poem should provoke not only the intended imagery but powerful personal imagery as well. This trait is present in both Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 130” and the ballad Sir Patrick Spence. Upon reading the two you see the major differences and similarities. One has been orally transmitted through the ages picking up and losing stanzas and even whole verses, while the other follows a rigid blueprint.
For 300 years “William Shakespeare has had two lives one on the page and one on the stage” (Research and Innovation). But people ask “Why have the works of William Shakespeare endured for centuries? This is because his wonderful works of his characters, story phrases, and how he just connected to his audience still are alive today as they were alive in the sixteen and seventeen hundreds. This essay will discuss “why the works of William Shakespeare have endured for centuries?” As evidence three main points will be discussed his great stories, his illumination of the human experience, and his compelling characters. To begin with, “William Shakespeare was the most remarkable storyteller that the world has ever known” (Why was Shakespeare Important).