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In "Eldorado" by Edgar Allan Poe how does our world and community
relate to the knights world & community?

Please help!! >.<

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    This may help you.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eldorado_(poem)

    I'll be glad to critique your answer.

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    Eldorado
    Edgar Allan Poe

    Gaily bedight,
    A gallant knight,
    In sunshine and in shadow,
    Had journeyed long,
    Singing a song,
    In search of Eldorado.

    But he grew old-
    This knight so bold-
    And o'er his heart a shadow
    Fell as he found
    No spot of ground
    That looked like Eldorado.

    And, as his strength
    Failed him at length,
    He met a pilgrim shadow-
    "Shadow," said he,
    "Where can it be-
    This land of Eldorado?"

    "Over the Mountains
    Of the Moon,
    Down the Valley of the Shadow,
    Ride, boldly ride,"
    The shade replied-
    "If you seek for Eldorado!"

  • Language arts -

    Have you read it?

    What is the knight looking for?

    Will he find it? Where does the shadow tell him to look?

    THEN ... how do humans today behave in the same ways?

  • Language arts -

    Yes i have read it, he is looking for Eldorado, he does not find it. the shadow tells him that it is over the Mountains
    of the Moon, and down the valley of the shadow. (I'm not sure about this answer) Humans today behave the same way because... we spend to much time looking for good fortune and such?

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    I don't think the last part is correct...

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    Eldorado is a fabled place (exists only in fables!) that is supposed to have streets paved in gold and all that other day-dream stuff! In other words, it doesn't exist, but it's the world full of riches that people have sought throughout human history, it seems!

    How do you interpret "over the mountains of the moon" and "down the valley of the shadow"? Where do you think the Shadow is telling the knight to go? That's where Eldorado (which doesn't really exist) is.

    And you might think about who the Shadow is supposed to represent.

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    "Humans today behave the same way because... we spend to much time looking for good fortune and such?"

    I agree with you ... humans are usually looking for the perfect life filled with riches (and then each person defines "riches" differently, right?)

    This also reminds me of people who are always wasting money on get-rich-quick schemes that are usually scams, but some people never seem to learn that lesson.

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    So the shadow it basically telling the Knight that there is no possibly to get there. So the shadow is us?

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    I picture the Shadow as some image of Death (the grim reaper or a ghost or something similar) ... and he's telling the knight he will find Eldorado in death.

    Remember ... Poe was pretty morbid in his writings, poems and short stories alike.

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    Oh so our world/community are like the shadow because we all or most of us believe there will be riches when we die?

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    in a way...

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    Is it the Shadow who is looking for riches (Eldorado)???

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