Helen Essay - Saba Nafees 1B 4th April 2011 Helen Essay A...

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Saba Nafees 1B 4 th April, 2011 Helen Essay A woman’s beauty is an object of nature, and like any other object is part of the duality of nature. Even beauty, a virtue so seemingly pure, has a distinctive positive and negative aspect to it. Her role In society Is also the subject of this duality as it can be viewed as either an enhancement or a detriment. These opposing views are perfectly portrayed in the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Hilda Doolittle through their employment of Helen (of Troy) as their example. Poe is deeply affected by her consummate beauty and praises it to portray the inner and outer beauty of a woman. Doolittle, on the contrary, shows a starkly different aspect of the same renowned person and presents her beauty as the cause of evil and the subject of tremendous hatred. In the poem To Helen by Edgar Allan Poe, the speaker is entirely swept by the classic beauty of Helen of Troy. Her beauty has empowered him and transported him from an uncertain state to a state of comfort where he has found his passion in life, “to his own native shore.” The speaker before viewing her sight was a wayward and “weary, way-worn wanderer” but after being exposed to her light, “agate lamp”, is entirely inspired and found the pleasant place in his life that he was unable to find before. In this way, a woman was able to provide the necessary comfort in a man’s life. The speaker in
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This note was uploaded on 10/22/2011 for the course ENGLISH 1 taught by Professor S during the Spring '11 term at Texas Tech.

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Helen Essay - Saba Nafees 1B 4th April 2011 Helen Essay A...

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