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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 andor 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 makeA 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
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