Futility In Zenobia's Short Story

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One major theme in Zenobia’s short story is futility. Zenobia is graced with natural beauty, unmatched in battle, born from noble blood, and all around blessed with beneficial traits from both genders. In addition to these traits, she has the keen sense to become an enlightened individual, where in her leisure time she wanted “to be educated in all lore,” indicating Zenobia was well-rounded. Unfortunately, all her efforts and qualities are futile in the grand scheme of things when she is conquered by Aurelian. There is no point in achieving self-actualization if the eventual outcome is disgrace. Another theme is prevalence of power. As the story progresses, Zenobia gains more and more power. Her birth into a royal family automatically gave
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