Q. 85.0( 2 Votes )

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a. The word ‘imminent’ means the same as ‘forthcoming’. Imminent means something which is about to happen.

b. These lines are spoken by Caeser to Decius Brutus when Brutus along with the other conspirators stabs him. Caeser was stabbed in the Senate House and he had not expected Brutus to behave in such a treacherous manner.


c. The speaker Caeser was warned to stay at home by his wife Calpurnia as she had seen nightmares the previous night. Her dreams implied bad omens and the environment expressed the same with thunders all night.


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a. The ‘frown’ wrinkled lip of the statue had an expression of mockery and cold command. A ‘sneer’ is usually deemed a disrespectful expression or attitude which is dismissive of others. It is an expression of scorn or contempt. The sculptor almost perfectly captured Ozymandias’ sneer and conveyed his uncaring attitude towards whomever he came in contact with.


b. The ‘mocking hand’ is that of the sculptor who had the artistic ability to imitate and deride the passions of the King. The fact is that even an empire is a human creation that will one day pass away. The only things that live on are those passions of pride and cruelty which the sculptor had mocked and which had been encouraged by the King.


c. Ozymandias was so steeped in his own self-importance that he even challenged others to cringe at the greatness of his works and be overcome with despair. He can be described as a signature of a remarkably inflated ego. However, it has all come to naught, for all that remains of his superciliousness is a broken statue in an empty, vast desert. The passions still survived because the sculptor well read the emotions of the King.


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