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WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THEIR JOURNEYS Mary Espedal English IV 92000 The 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 purpose In 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 desire And this gray spirit yearning in desire To follow knowledge like a sinking star Beyond the utmost bound of human thought Ulysses 30-32 He 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 day Another 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 says Fear death- to feel the fog in my throat The mist in my face When the snows begin and the blasts denote The post of the foe Where he stands the Arch Fear in a visible form Yet the strong man must go Prospice 1-9 Unlike Ulysses this character is seeking death instead of life but he also wants to be happy One character known throughout English literature on a long journey would be
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