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Heroism Heroism has been defined very differently through out history and even to this day it takes on different views People view a heroic person as someone who is strong brave and self-less daring and dependable Tennyson defines heroism in a classical context in which Ulysses is portrayed as a man with passion for adventure and a man who wants to fight many battles and explore many seas with his mariners Tennysons Ulysses is an individual who yearns for knowledge and self fulfillment The notion one gets from reading Ulysses by Tennyson is that Ulysses is a heroic man who is known to all is strong and brave and has fought many battles The characteristics of Ulysses described by Tennyson fits in what people perceive as a heroic person because people often believe that heroism has to do with physical strength and ability In comparison to Tennysons Ulysses Millay portrays Penelope Ulysses wife as the true hero through her poem An Ancient Gesture Millay describes Penelope as a wife who endured difficult times and waited patiently for her husbands return Millays Penelope is a woman who holds inner strength will power loyalty and wisdom By reading Millays poem one gets this notion that heroism is not really about physical strength and abilities and that heroism goes beyond what meets the eye In Ulysses Tennyson talks about Ulysses journey back to Ithaca where he fights in many battles and sails across dark broad seas As said Drunk delight of battle with my peers far on the ringing plains of windy troy line 16 17 is implying that Ulysses enjoyed fighting in battles and that he wouldnt mind doing it again It is also mentioned in Ulysses that Ulysses encountered bad stormy weather There gloom the dark broad seas line 45 In the preceding examples Tennyson is implying that Ulysses was a brave and strong man who encountered great dangers and yet he survived and
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