illustrate the theme of rise and fall of fortune in the poem the patriot
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The theme of rise and fall in fortune is highlighted in the poem through the portrayal of two incidents in the speaker’s life. The rise in his fortune is shown when the speaker is welcomed by the people at the beginning with great pomp and show. He remembers that day as “it was roses, roses all the way.” People are proud to welcome a honest and brave person like the patriot. However the fall in his fortune arises exactly a year after. The people address the speaker as a traitor and he is dragged through the same now forlorn streets to be executed. No longer do the people look for him or cheer for him but only wish him to be hanged.
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