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Discuss the situational irony in "Ozymandias".

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zahsanhabib | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted July 15, 2011 at 3:20 AM via web

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Discuss the situational irony in "Ozymandias".

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted July 15, 2011 at 6:25 AM (Answer #2)

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In "Ozymandias" by Percy Bysshe Shelley situational irony is evident in the description of the dilapidated statue of the former king Ozymandias.  At the base of the statue, it reads:  "My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings: Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"  The line suggests that the king during his time was all powerful and could not be undone.  The irony is, however, that around the statue nothing remains, and the land is barren.  The works of the king were supposedly so great, but they did not survive the test of time even though Ozymandias proclaimed himself and his creations to be great. 

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reetikajaiswal | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted March 14, 2012 at 2:16 PM (Answer #1)

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Ozymandias, the great king of egypt gets his statue made inorder to immortalise himself. he expects that his name will live till posterity. but time plays havoc with his statue. the statue lies broken and is surrounded by a barren desert. his expectation is believed and thus the whole situation is ironical.

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