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Empathic Responce Ulysess

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You are Telemachus and have found Ulysses' poem after he has left. Write your thoughts. He's left me; me and mother. After all we've gone through, waiting for twenty whole years for him to return. I thought he loved us, me, mother and the people of Ithaca. I believed we meant more to him than just a savage race and his aged wife, is he not old also, or has his mind tricked him that he's not as it did convince him that we are superfluous to him. He complains about the barren crags of Ithaca but seems quite happy for me to stay and rule here. I saw him leave and I watched, at the foot of thy crags his boat sail across the horizon as I cried O Sea! Be merciful. I thought my father was a hero but after this cowardly message I am unsure. ...read more.


Why does he call the kingdom dull and why does he believe I will relish the opportunity to be given the sceptre and the isle which he clearly believed to be insufficient to meet his needs. I believe it to be one clear call to me to face the task ahead. He sees himself as a gallant hero whereas others have come to see him as a coward and a failure. He may be surprised at this but it is not when I consider his real views of the people of Ithaca, rugged, these people who remained loyal to him. However maybe he has good reasons to leave, only which he voiced in the absence of others. He seems to describe me in mundane explanations, he assumes of my willingness to labour on. I would have liked him to take my thoughts much more into considerations when he made these plans rather than concentrating purely on himself. ...read more.


Whereas I have a feeling deep down that it will be alot more than that and I am sure that he knows it to. I also question whether, at his age, he should be attacking such a journey head on. He should, in my opinion, live out the rest of his life quietly ruling over the kingdom instead of facing imminent death for him and the poor men he has dragged into it. He may believe it to be honourable but he is going on a dangerous trip for no good reason a sign of honour or is it just selfish and unwise? He seems quite happy to abandon me and mother again. I can't really understand what he is dragging his poor mariners into. Does he know? The full consequence of what he's doing, not only for himself but for them aswell. I know little of travelling, adventure or ruling over a kingdom, but I do know what is right and wrong. I believe this decision to be morally incorrect. Word count - 799 ?? ?? ?? ?? Hamish MacRae English Coursework 20-10-09 ...read more.

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