28th September 2017


“I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert… near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:

And on the pedestal these words appear:
‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

Shelley uses the effect of personification to communicate the idea of hubris.
“a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command”
this quotation describes the sculpted face of a shattered statue whose face imply’s that it is sneering although a statue cannot sneer as it is not a human and a sneer is a human action. Shelley describes this statue as a person as it literally represents a specific person of value once upon. This person but speaking about this person/statue as having a sneer. A sneer is an action of over confidence in someone a symbol of someone knowing their power. By talking about the sneer of the statue it therefore talks about the hubris of the person the statue represents. (Talk about another feature same idea.) (State what the poem is trying to say as a whole.) This poem therefore represents the hubris in humanity and how all human beings have this sense of confidence and knowing of power.

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In the play of Macbeth, the play writer Shakespeare communicates the idea of ambition or hubris as well. Shakespeare uses the same language techniques to display this idea in the text, “Is it a dagger I see before me, The handle toward my hand?”. This quote is an example of William Shakespeare using symbolism in his text to bring across the idea of ambition in the text. Macbeth in the quote asks if there is a dagger floating in front of him with the handle of the dagger pointing towards Macbeth. Implying that the dagger is to be wielded by Macbeth which is convenient, as this “A dagger of the mind, a false creation” is presented this knife as he

the knife is a physical symbol of

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