Hellenism And Hebraism In Tennyson's Ulysses

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Tennyson wrote “Ulysses” in memorial of his friend, Hallam. Ulysses comes from the famous “Odyssey”, which inspired Dante’s opera, “Inferno”. In “Inferno”, he prepares to ship from the Ithaca Bay. This will be his last journey because he dies. In Tennyson`s poem, Ulysses is getting ready for the journey, but he is not yet gone. Ulysses represents the Hebraic point of view as he is ready to go, to gain more experience, he wants to live his life at the fullest, to see and to learn more. His goal is the perfection of his remembrance, to be honoured. The concepts of Hellenism and Hebraism are presented in M. Arnold´s essay, ´´Culture and Anarchy´´. Here, he has a chapter describing and presenting the ideas of the two components. They have the same goal: ´man 's perfection or salvation´, but the way they get to this outcome is different. Hellenism wants to get rid of the ignorance and to see things as they are, they stress on knowledge and Hebraism on the contrary, wants to act, to discover, to explore, they are ´pursued with passion and tenacity´, they want ´to govern every moment of it, every impulse, every action´. In this poem, Tennyson balance the ideas of the Hellenic and Hebraic view of the world, their methods and beliefs, by applying them to different category of age, this way also showing the generation gap. On the one hand the father, Ulysses wants still to be young and to travel, while his son is more diffident, and likes to reflect upon world. The poem starts with
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