How Far Do You Think Ulysses Is a Celebration of Old Men?

How far do you think Ulysses is a celebration of old men?

Tennyson presents Ulysses as an unreliable narrator that is resentful of his life as on old man that has lost his sense of purpose due to his inevitable ageing. As a result of this, he reflects on the courageous things he has done in his youth in an attempt to justify parting from his home on Ithaca he revels in thought to consume as much glory as he may until his death. In proving he should leave his realm, he exclaims that he will offer a greater legacy for himself in his death but through his own selfishness he doesn't consider the suffering he will inflict on others through his absence. Brave as he may be, Ulysses appears oblivious to the concept of his duty and thus he may be interpreted as a recklessly obstinate individual.
Refusal in conforming to the system of aging in mind and being appears to be a consistent theme in Ulysses’ monologue. Ulysses refuses to allow his life to halt before it is come to its natural end. He cannot abide the constraint that old age provokes in people and so he is adamant that he shall continue living, “I will drink life to the lees”, “To rust unburnish’d, not to shine in use!” passionate on this topic, Ulysses delivers his opinion with such enthusiasm and wisdom and illustrates “He feels bored and impotent, yearning to truly understand and engage with what is left of his life.”1.
Tennyson uses punctuation for effect when confessing his fervent desire to venture into the depths of the unknown: "Vext the dim sea: I am become a name: for always roaming with a hungry heart" exemplifies this as the caesura forces the reader to pause. Tennyson's emphasises on the fact Ulysses has “become a name” to highlight his need for significance in life. He does not want to waste his years away and be quickly forgotten, but extend his eminence after death to make his mark in history. His name should have significance, even if associated with poor leadership and neglect of...