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Are there any similarities between The Lady of Shalott and Ulysses? If so, what are they?

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izzullina | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 4, 2012 at 4:46 PM via web

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Are there any similarities between The Lady of Shalott and Ulysses? If so, what are they?

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 4, 2012 at 5:57 PM (Answer #1)

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In many ways, these poems are quite different. Ulysses is written as a dramatic monologue, in which the protagonist  speaks in his own voice, whereas The Lady of Shalott is described in the third person. Ulysses is happily married and wants to leave home to seek the adventure he remembered from the days of his greatness, whereas the lady of Shalott appears to be single and leave to follow Lancelot. Ulysses ends with the protagonist about to set sail; in Lady of Shalott she does set sail and her death and the end of her voyage are described.

On the other hand, both protagonists are restless and find home lacking satisfaction, and yearn to leave the comforts and predictability of their lives for great deeds (or great loves), and both are treated somewhat sympathetically by the poet.

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