March 15, 2014
ENC1102 MWF 10:00AM-10:50AM
"Ozymandias" by Percy Bysshe Shelley is a poem about a king that loses everything towards the end of his life. Specifically, it is about how pride leads to destruction. Ozymandias was a king that had everything and was so powerful. He considered himself the king of kings. Ozymandias had a statue but it is now in the middle of the desert rippled; still standing with half the body showing. His kingdom came to a wreck and all that is left are pieces crumbled up into a pile. Towards the end of his life he is left alone with his kingdom raptured.
Everywhere you live there is a leader or a dictator. Some are good at being leaders but there are some that have a mind of a tyrant. Ozymandias was a king for a kingdom where later on the kingdom comes down in a huge pile with the statue in the middle of the rubble.
The statue had a quote and it said “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair.”(Shelley 663) Where it says king of kings he is telling us that he is the biggest and most powerful person in the world during his time of living. Nobody can be on top of him; he even believes he is on top of Jesus the Son of God. Now on the second part of the quote it says, “Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair” (Shelley 663). In this part he says he is showing his work ethics towards the kingdom he built around his statue. The quote that the traveler found on the statue was written there for a reason. This quote is for who ever finds the statue and see what it says, it will mention who he was and what he did towards his kingdom.
In the poem the traveler showed the author the statue he showed the author the face of the statue. The traveler said “whose frown and wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command” (Shelley 663). Here the traveler shows the author the face and tells him that the face has an authoritative look. The face also shows a detailed lip of