Ozymandias


PosterĄG Gina Huang at 20:34:22 3/9/98 from h216.s32.ts30.hinet.net
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There are three narrators in this poem. One is the speaker himself, one is the traveler, and another one is Ozymadias, who is, in my opinion, a proud and arrogant man. He thought he was the king of kings. "Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" He firmly believed that his kingdom would last forever and his offspring would appreciate his works permanently. But the truth is, "The lone and level sands stretch far away." The only thing we can see is the endless desert. Where are his works? Nothing left but a shattered stone standing there. In fact, just two vast and trunkless legs remain. "Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read." I think the statue must be Ozymadias himself, and he scorned at everything. In my mind, Ozymadias is a material man. He put too much emphasis on luxury. He called the sculptors to make statues and claim his own. He wanted his people to cherish his greatness. He craved the world, even descendants to remember him. Though he owned almost everything, he was still ignorant. He doesn't know that there are much more things to go after, like the affections among people, the understanding of human nature. He supposed that all his marvelous works will be there always.
The poem speaks in an ironic tone. However, it makes me think of many things. It taught me what we should pursue for our lives. Though money is important, it is not everything. All of us will die someday, and we can't take anything away with us. We suddenly come to this world, and spend seventysome winters here. What do we live for? What's the meaning of our lives? We desire for power, for money. We follow the fashion, and go after famous brands. What for? When we get more, we want more. If we lost in the materialized world, we will feel vacant or empty in our hearts.


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