In the poem "Ulysses" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, an aged Ulysses, having finally returned safely to his homeland from his long odyssey after the Trojan War, sits in idleness on his throne and contemplates going on another adventure. He wants to leave his "aged wife" and the "savage race" of people that he rules and venture forth on the seas one more time. He supposes that he will leave "the septre and the isle" with his son Telemachus, who will rule in his place.
We see an old man who has returned home after many hardships. After he has settled down, he realizes that he felt more fulfilled during his adventurous journey than he does while undertaking his responsibilities as a ruler. In this poem, Ulysses is a complex character. There are numerous words that we could use to describe characteristics that he displays.
First of all, he is dissatisfied with the life that he is now living, so he longs to escape it. He is restless when he compares the serenity and inactivity of his present state with...
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