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WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THEIR JOURNEYSThe Victorian period lasted from 1830 to 1880 This era marks the climax of Englands rise to economic and military supremacy The Victorians brought increasing efforts to achieve political social and economic quests to met changes made by industrialization For example characters in the poems Ulysses Prospice and Beowulf go on journeys to seek a purposeIn Ulysses a poem written by Alfred Tennyson the main character is on a quest to seek fulfillment in his life Ulysses had before been on journeys fighting monsters and sailing unknown seas He now sits at home being bored and wants some excitement For example Ulysses feels old and yearns for desireAnd this gray spirit yearning in desireTo follow knowledge like a sinking starBeyond the utmost bound of human thought Ulysses 30-32He feels that it is not too late to seek a newer world He wants to be happy and venture on to find new things until he dies In conclusion Ulysses seeks fulfillment and happiness in life until his dying dayAnother character on a journey is one in the poem Prospice This poem is written by Robert Browning The Latin word Prospice means Look Forward and suggests Brownings attitude towards death The characters quest in this poem is towards his death He says he does not fear death instead he looks on to death proudly For example he saysFear death- to feel the fog in my throatWhen the snows begin and the blasts denoteWhere he stands the Arch Fear in a visible formYet the strong man must go Prospice 1-9Unlike Ulysses this character is seeking death instead of life but he also wants to be happyOne character known throughout English literature on a long journey would be Beowulf The poem Beowulf comes from tales told during the Anglo-Saxon period Beowulf was a superhuman hero searching for revenge on a monster named Grendel Grendel had attacked people during the night Beowulf was a
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