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Compare Hero by Mick Gowar and Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

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GCSE Coursework The Poems Hero ~ Mick Gowar Ozymandias ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley I think the major similarity between the two poems is that both Ozymandias and the 'Hero' both led very similar lifestyles. They both rose to the very top of their profession which was followed by a dramatic downfall. Ozymandias', once great, kingdom is now left to a broken statue, suggesting Ozymandias is a broken man. The same goes for the 'Hero'. After reaching the zenith of his career, albeit unfairly, he too had his comeuppance. Another similarity would be that both poems are conversations. Hero is a conversation between the 'Hero' and a fifteen year old boy. Ozymandias is also a conversation between two people; the narrator and a passing traveller. I know this because the poem starts with 'I met a traveller from an antique land'. ...read more.

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He doesn't care about the process or getting prestige for a good show, just winning. He also suggests the British aren't as competitive as other countries by saying, 'we English are an odd lot:: like to believe we love the slob that fails, the gentlemanly third;' and that we should be more competitive when it comes to sport. I agree with this to a certain extent as recently one of Britain's so-called top tennis players has received an OBE for contributions to sport when he has won only a couple major titles. Although I tend to agree with this, I don't think foul play and cheating is the way to go about it. He also says he 'didn't have much use for girls.', which implies he was impotent, probably due to another side effect of the steroids. ...read more.

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The conversation between the poet and the traveller takes place in a desert. The writer uses the sand to express there is vast emptiness where there was once a great thriving civilisation. They talk about a, once great, ruler and his downfall. Words to describe power and strength and decline of power are scattered throughout the poem to define the rise and fall of a great leader. These include, 'colossal', 'command', 'decay' and 'lifeless'. Also two quotes by Ozymandias implies that he thought he was as good or better than God. 'king of kings' and 'ye Mighty' both suggest this as a capital letter at the start of 'Mighty' insinuates immense power as does 'king of kings'. Perhaps this was his downfall. The detailed description of the statue gives an insight into what Ozymandias was like. He was very conceited but never smiled. Just a haughty, mocking expression was the only facial visage ever seen, it seems. ...read more.

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