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10/22/2018

Renaissance Spirit in "Ulysses" by Tennyson.

How far does Ulysses resemble the renaissance spirit?. Ans.  The Renaissance inspired people to know the unknown and explore the unexplored. Ulysses, the mythical king of Ithaca, though mainly an embodiment of the Victorian spirits, shares the renaissance spirit to a great extent. His unquenchable thirst for knowledge and adventures resembles those of a renaissance character. Like Dr. Faustus, he wants to cross all human limits to acquire knowledge. Ulysses, whom the Greek called Odysseus, was the King of  Ithaca in Greece. He fought against the Trojans and defeated them. After the Trojan War, he returned home. His return journey took him ten more yesrs. So, when he came back to his homeland after twenty years, he became old. His wife also became old. His son, Telemachus grew to a young man. After a short time of his reunion with his family, Ulysses decided to set out of new adventures. His life at home was peaceful but he lost his interest in homely life. It soon turned dull to him. His heart yearned for new adventures. He felt that he could not live without adventurous travels. He decided.                                 “I will drink       Life to the lees:”     He travelled many countries, experienced different manners, climates, councils and governments. He was honoured everywhere. But still he was not happy. He wanted to start a new journey with a view to crossing the limit of human knowledge. He determined                 To follow knowledge, like a sinking star,                 Beyond the utmost bound of human thought.      He wanted to go  “beyond the sunset, and the baths/Of all western stars”  until he died. Though he had become old, he was dtill strong in will  ”To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. ”       Thus, Ulysses resembles some of the qualities of the renaissance heroes. Though Tennyson creates Ulysses as the embodiment of the Victorian spirit, Ulysses' ceaseless desires for acquiring more knowledge and exploring the unexplored areas resemble the renaissance spirit to a great extent.


 The Renaissance inspired people to know the unknown and explore the unexplored. Ulysses, the mythical king of Ithaca, though mainly an embodiment of the Victorian spirits, shares the renaissance spirit to a great extent. His unquenchable thirst for knowledge and adventures resembles those of a renaissance character. Like Dr. Faustus, he wants to cross all human limits to acquire knowledge.
Ulysses, whom the Greek called Odysseus, was the King of  Ithaca in Greece. He fought against the Trojans and defeated them. After the Trojan War, he returned home. His return journey took him ten more yesrs. So, when he came back to his homeland after twenty years, he became old. His wife also became old. His son, Telemachus grew to a young man. After a short time of his reunion with his family, Ulysses decided to set out of new adventures. His life at home was peaceful but he lost his interest in homely life. It soon turned dull to him. His heart yearned for new adventures. He felt that he could not live without adventurous travels. He decided.
                                “I will drink
      Life to the lees:”
    He travelled many countries, experienced different manners, climates, councils and governments. He was honoured everywhere. But still he was not happy. He wanted to start a new journey with a view to crossing the limit of human knowledge. He determined
                To follow knowledge, like a sinking star,
                Beyond the utmost bound of human thought.
     He wanted to go  “beyond the sunset, and the baths/Of all western stars”  until he died. Though he had become old, he was dtill strong in will  ”To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. ”
      Thus, Ulysses resembles some of the qualities of the renaissance heroes. Though Tennyson creates Ulysses as the embodiment of the Victorian spirit, Ulysses' ceaseless desires for acquiring more knowledge and exploring the unexplored areas resemble the renaissance spirit to a great extent.

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