That statue stands half crumbled in an empty desert, alone and irrelevant. Once standing tall and wide, dominant with sturdy legs, and a broad chest is now destroyed powerless. The statue resembles the once standing governments, nations and empires that controlled much of the land, that are now fallen.
The statue exemplifies that all things fall, the largest of empires and domains, eventually crumble. While statues, pyramids, carvings, and paintings show the wealth an empire once had. The Ottoman Empire, Egyptian Empire, and Roman Empire all at one point had vast riches and power that extended from sea to sea. However, centuries later, all empires are gone vanished. Each empire is similar to the statue, nearly entirely gone with only the “feet” that remain still standing. Centuries from now, the U.S. will likely be empty land and an enormous white building crumbling and holding on for life.
The statue is of Ramses II a once powerful ruler who controlled much of the land and changed his society greatly. However, as the statue explains the physical and legend eventually deteriorates. With time all kings, saints, and marvels stories eventually fade. The story of King Tut is almost entirely forgotten as will the story of someone like Ronald Reagan.
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desart. 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
The poem Ozymandias, by Percy Bysshe Shelley exemplifies that while a statue that once controls that land with power eventually fall and become “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone.” The statue stands in front of a once large building of riches, a sign of true power, but as the empire crumbled, the statue and building followed. Now the statue and the building that once stood behind is meaningless and worthless.
All signs of wealth and power are eventually gone; families and countries fame and power will eventually fade. The poem and picture resemble the fact that physical qualities and materials fade. However, it also resembles the personal accomplishments that we admire now, we eventually forget. Even in society today, immense accomplishments are forgotten quickly. The first telephone no longer seems relevant and the first tablet will soon be irrelevant.
The fame that is attributed to a person, invention or an empire will soon crumble and turn into a mere platform of a fallen statue of something that once stood tall and controlling, holding power and distinction.
Ramsees II, Thebes, web, 1 Oct 2013.
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