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Ulysses Questions

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  1. If you were at war for ten years, and then spent another ten years trying to get home, would you ever want to leave home again?
  2. If you were an adventurous person, would you feel guilty leaving behind your spouse and child? Does Ulysses?
  3. In Dante's Inferno (Canto XXVI), Ulysses is placed in Hell for eternity. Why does Dante think Ulysses deserves to be punished? Does Tennyson share Dante's opinion?
  4. Why can't Ulysses just relax? Why do he feel the need for more and more adventure? What would Dr. Phil say to Ulysses?
  5. Is Ulysses serious in this poem? Does he really plan to leave? Could this all be in his head, like in a movie when you find out that a whole series of events has just been a character's daydream?
  6. Was Ulysses was a real person? Did the Trojan War really happen?

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