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The poem The Monument by Elizabeth Bishop can be thematically deconstructed in many ways At first glance the poem is about a tangible and solid object The speaker describes this object a monument very thoroughly After further examination and explication it is evident that the poem is not about one object but about many intangible things such as creativity art and intuition The Bear and Ode on a Grecian Urn The Bear by William Faulkner and Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats share common ideas In both works the main character finds an object to expand their horizons and their minds Eventually both objects become untouchable and fall out of time In addition to falling out of time both items represent truth to the narrator in that what they represent never changes In The Bear Ike does not realize real courage without the bear In the scene where the fyce attacks the bear Ike learns what courage really is In this fashion the bear is critical for Ike to progress and grow Ike grows older and the days of his youth are fleeting yet the bear is present throughout his lifetime and is always there In this way the bear to Ike represents truth Although the bear may change what it represents does not change The bear is the symbol of the everlasting and encompassing wilderness In the scene in which Ike is face to face with the bear Ike realizes that the bear is what catalyzes his growth and that killing the bear would serve no purpose At this point the bear becomes almost immortal in that people who sought to kill it could not and those who had a chance didnt kill it Throughout the story even before it became immortal the bear was out of time because many people tried to kill the bear and they did not succeed As years passed the hunters grew older yet the
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