An Idle King In “Ulysses,” Tennyson presents Ulysses, the great Greek war hero and warrior of the Trojan War, serving, again, as king of Ithaca. Ulysses, having been home for three years, feels himself stagnating and wasting his life in the unwanted role of king. Longs to be again the man he has been. Ulysses desires a life of independence, physical adventure, and intellectual pursuit. Ulysses desires a life of independence. The island is dependent on him and the civilization “hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me.” Ulysses yearns to escape to be on his own yet; the people rely on his kingship although they carry out life without giving much thought for Ulysses. He sees the “savage race” not aware of what his heart desires nor of adventure and/or intellectual life. After three years of being king, Ulysses feel old and his idleness leaves him with his name and reputation. Discerns that his subjects do not comprehend his personality, and believes that his talents are disappearing while staying at Ithaca. Ulysses says, “How dull it is to pause, to make an end” to a journey that has adventure, courageous events, and glory. He does not want to stop and live life as king, but to sail himself into independence. Telemachus, son of Ulysses, is more fitted to govern than his father does because Telemachus strives to take over “the scepter and the isle.” Secondly, Telemachus has the deposition that will allow him ” by slow prudence to make/A rugged people,” and bring them to a state that “is useful and good.” Ulysses sees his son able to amend the citizens up to a new level. In seeking independence, Ulysses chooses to give his throne to his son so he can rejuvenate his soul, and which allows himself to find greatness again. Ulysses desires a life of physical adventure. He comes to realize that “For some three suns” he has “store[d], and hoard[ed]” himself as though to “rest from travel.” Remembers l…
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