The Significance Of Mortality In Percy Bysshe Shelley's Ozymandias?

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Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Ozymandias” is a poem that emphasizes the notion of mortality on their readers through the understanding that someday our earthly accomplishments that we view as extremely important to us now, will cease to matter. Through the use of vivid imagery, ironic pictures and powerful metaphors, Shelley illustrates the insignificance of humans in the passage of time and the ephemeral nature of political power. The poem is told by a narrator who meets a traveler that reveals his or her story. Through the image of a statue of the King Ozymandias, Shelley chooses to remind the reader of the notion of mortality. The author begins by describing the statue legs as “vast” (2). Compared to words such as big and huge, vast is not…show more content…
The placard beneath the statue reads “My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings’/ Look on my works, ye mighty and despair!” (10). In the writing of this placard, Ozymandias sought to proclaim his might and stature to anyone and everyone. The manner in which he viewed himself demonstrates that he was truly very powerful and more akin to an emperor. His command to “despair” that once beseeched his enemies and subject to fear his power, now serves as a monument to the ephemeral nature of…show more content…
As time has passed, the figure represented in the statue died along with the civilization that he ruled over. One of the reasons that I was drawn to this poem was that I was considering taking a semester off from school. I feel as if I am not confident in the field of study I am currently in and that I need to take some time to contemplate if I am going in the right direction. As time passed, the mighty civilization that Ozymandias commanded crumbled back into the ground; if I were to take a semester off I would be presented with the question as to what I would be doing with my time. Would I just relax and get ready for the time that I do go back to school or would I look for a job? Regardless of what goes on in the world, the fact that time is linear and when it is gone there is no way of getting it back. Therefore, regardless of the choice I make, I have to move in a forward
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