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Hi! My teacher still refuses to mark my work. Can somebody plese give this essay a grade from 9-1?

How does Shelley create a negative impression of the ruler Ozymandias in this poem?

Shelley creates a negative impression of Ozymandias through his sentence forms. The statue was inscribed with Ozymandias' words 'Look on my works, ye, and despair!". The use of the exclamation marks makes it sound as if Ozymandias is shouting or ordering. This is further enforced by how he uses the imperative 'look' putting Ozymandias in a more authoritative position compared to the reader. Through the use of language and punctuation, the audience feel as if Ozymandias thinks he is above them and view him as pompous and immediately dislike him. There is also the irony of how immediately afterwards, Shelley comments 'nothing beside remains' and Ozymandias civilisation and empire which he wanted others to admire is gone. The irony brought about by the structure of immediately placing this comment after Ozymandias' speech portrays Ozymandias as ignorant to change and mortality and his own overconfidence has led to the fall of his empire. His ignorance also produces a negative impression of him. Therefore through the use of exclamations, Shelley creates a negative impression of Ozymandias.

Even more, Shelly uses form to create a negative impression of Ozymandias. The poem is written as a sonnet with at times an irregular rhyme schemes and end-stopped lines. When read aloud, these irregularities make the poem seem very powerful as it is very unexpected. This may be to emulate how Ozymandias seemingly did not expect his empire to die out. This irregularity is further shown through how whilst some lines are written in iambic pentameter others are written in 'trochee' such as in the line 'Nothing beside remains'. These irregularities may have been used to show change and how nothing remains the same. Unaware to this change, Ozymandias still boasts his empire which is now 'boundless and bare'. This shows Ozymandias as self important and boastful which creates a negative impression of him.

Moreover, Shelley uses linguistic devices to achieve a similar affect. The statue of Ozymandias' is described as having a 'sneer of cold command'. The consonance of 'cold and command' when read aloud, sound sharp and emulate the sharp orders of Ozymandias and how much power he felt he held. The harsh sound created by 'cold' and 'command' makes the reader dislike Ozymandias because of his imperative tone. The statues is described as 'colossal', The choice of this specific adjective instead of 'big' emphasises the size of the statue which Ozymandias or Rameses II built for himself further showing how self important he was as he contructed a large statue for himself. Moreover, the repetition when Ozymandias' refers to himself a s'king of kings' also show show he overestimated his power. Even more, the repetition of 'kings' which are people typically on a higher rank with more power, shows that there is no escape from death for anybody whatever status they hold and serves as a reminder of human mortality. Ozymandias felt that his empire would forever remain yet it no longer exists. His overconfidence shows the hubris he held for his own creation and power. Through the use of language, Shelley also creates a negative impression of Ozymandias.
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