Ozymandias, a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley, was written in 1818. During the 13th Century ., Ozymandias was a pharaoh of Egypt. He was a tyrant who believed that he would drive fear into people's hearts through his many works, or statues, long after he died. Napoleon Bonaparte was a military commander, and a twice-emperor of France. He was a very power hungry "Little Corporal." Percy Bysshe Shelley used the image of Ozymandias to describe Napoleon Bonaparte (d. 1821).
There is a single metaphor in Shelley's poem Ozymandias. This metaphor is the shattered, ruined statue of Ozymandias in the desert. Napoleon was very much the same as Ozymandias. He did many things, which he believed were great, just as Ozymandias. We can see that Ozymandias thought he did great things through his inscription on his statue, "Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" (11).
The "works" of Ozymandias were no longer visible, as shown through, "Round the decay / Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare" (12-13). This is ironic coming from a once great king who proudly boasted his prominence. Napoleon also did this by attempting to take over the world. Now, however, there are no traces of Napoleon's dominance years after he was exiled to the island of St. Helena in 1815.
The ruined statue of Ozymandias and the wrath of Napoleon did not withstand the passage of time. Shelly does show us however that art and language outlast legacies of power.
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He’s insecure. Having his ideal woman (if she exists) won’t ever fix that insecurity. Like most men who are insecure, he overcompensates by running several businesses where he is in charge. Running a family is not like running a business. Family comes first before anything else. He would have to sacrifice his business (sell one or all of them and get some kind of royalty payment) in order to start a family and give them most of his time and attention, especially the first 3 years of the child’s lives. It will take 5 years to establish his marriage, IF he believes in marriage. He might see marriage as just another business contract and see a wife as “partner” who could be anyone that meets the minimum qualifications (. having a uterus and practical knowledge to not totally fuck it up) and may be fired at any time. I don’t think he believes in marriage and that’s a trend he’s seeing in EU society and resigned himself to following. He doesn’t think it’s worth fighting for, he’s given up already by advocating for surrogacy and “something” which could only be storing his sperm for later use, when he’s retired. His ideal woman might be someone who has stored her eggs for later use or the stereotypical trophy wife. Being a successful and ambitious business man has most likely made him into a conceited and arrogant misogynist; women are competition for jobs and money once they step out of their traditional role, he can’t hide these traits for very long. He’s more than likely had several affairs with several secretaries who are trying to keep their jobs in a highly competitive job market in order to get ahead in the company which is why he “doesn’t have a problem getting them interested” which could translate as ‘it doesn’t matter that he isn’t physically attractive’ to most women. That could be part of his overall insecurity.
The word golem is used in the Bible to refer to an embryonic or incomplete substance: Psalm 139:16 uses the word "gal'mi", meaning "my unshaped form" (in Hebrew, root words are defined by sequences of consonants, ie. glm). The Mishnah uses the term for an uncultivated person ("Ten characteristics are in a learned person, and ten in an uncultivated one", Pirkei Avoth 5:7). Similarly, Golems are used today primarily in metaphor either as brainless lunks or as entities serving man under controlled conditions but enemies in others. Similarly, it is a Yiddish slang insult for someone who is clumsy or slow.