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Justice and Love in the Iliad

- Simone Weil argues that the way Homer presents war and the use of force in the Iliad, in all of its brutality, violence, and bitterness bathes the work in the light of love and justice (pg 25). The point Weil is making is that by depicting the suffering of all of these men regardless of their side, or strength Homer equalizes them in a “condition common to all men”(pg 25). Because Homer equalizes them the reader can feel empathy, or at least compassion for all of the men. However while Weil is correct about how Homer’s descriptions of war and force reveal justice and love, she is wrong in thinking that justice and love are mere “accents” to the Iliad, and progress through the story “withou...   [tags: Iliad]

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The Epic Of The Iliad

- ... When Achilles finally battles Hector and wins, Achilles ties a rope to his feet and drags him around and allows his fellow troops to disgrace his body. As we know, that is not permitted during war, as soldiers you should respect the dead. The same thing happened to the soldiers in Vietnam, they lost themselves in the heat of the battle. George Athos stated, he went in to the war thinking he was going to respect them, to be as humane as possible, but after two weeks that was not possible. George went into the war with intentions to respect the dead and to be as humane as possible, but after just two weeks he has been changed permanently, like a switch went off and he changed, just like Ac...   [tags: Achilles, Iliad, Hector, Patroclus]

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Analysis Of ' The Iliad '

- Violence Differences An analysis of the three different types of violence shown in The Iliad. What sort of violence do you show or see in your daily life. Everyday there is always someone or something that just makes you angry. Just like Achilles in the epic poem The Iliad. A quick background story of Achilles is when he was a young boy his mother dipped him into the River of Styx....   [tags: Homer, Trojan War, Iliad, Odyssey]

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Analysis Of ' The Iliad '

- ... On the other hand, we have an example of the character Achilles who declined a life of comfort and chose in its stead a life of war, suffering and hardship. Achilles was celebrated and respected, and it was believed that he has achieved the ultimate goal of Kleos- pleasing the gods and achieving eternal life alongside them. The Iliad itself supports this belief and even goes further and implies that the gods themselves were pleased with his choice. The text repeatedly glorifies warlike characters such as Athena and Achilles for the readers esteem and respect while continuously mocking and degrading those characters that repeatedly run away from war and aggression....   [tags: Iliad, Homer, Achilles, Trojan War]

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The Epic Of The Iliad

- The Iliad, one of Homer’s Epics, was written about a ten year war between the city of Troy and the Greek city-states. This great poem, still somewhat prevalent today in modern society, is the tale of the Trojan War. Recently the epic was recreated into a two hour film loaded with historical inaccuracies, although in some instances, does follow the Iliad fairly well. Some of the mistakes made by Hollywood are minor details, such as when the Trojans brought the gigantic wooden horse into the city of Troy....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Achilles, Odyssey]

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Review Of ' The Iliad '

- Hon·or [/ˈänər/], noun: good quality or character as judged by other people; a high regard or respect; personal integrity; reputation or privilege. The notion of honor is prevalent in the epic poem The Iliad. In The Iliad, Homer (a famous Greek author) expresses the quintessence honor brings to the Greek and Trojan soldiers. He shows how honor is a requirement for one who wants to be a hero and describes the extent to which honor plays a role in the lives of the Greeks and the Trojans. The warriors ' goal of honor influences how they behave in the story and shows the impact honor has on each of their decisions....   [tags: Iliad, Trojan War, Achilles, Homer]

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The Iliad And The Inferno

- The times are in constant motion, and as a result the times always changing. Not only do life styles change over time, but peoples worldviews change from generation to generation. Looking back to the past, as scholars of history, we can see these worldview changes. The Iliad and the Inferno represent both radically different and strikingly similar concepts of the world with different aspects, such as society and religion, at their respective times. By investigating these works, one can begin to gain deeper knowledge of the history of mankind....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Achilles, Homer]

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Analysis Of ' The Iliad '

- In the iliad we saw ladies Likewise things of return Also Likewise markers of status to the men who possessed them (Chryseis What 's more Briseis, whom agamemnon Furthermore achilles argue through in book I). We saw them over their ordinary social parts Likewise moms What 's more wives (Hecuba, Andromache to book VI). We saw matter of course characterizations of them Likewise flighty (Helen over book VI), seductive, What 's more beguiling (Hera Previously, book XIV). We see them Likewise an impediment that the male saint need will succeed or oppose with satisfy as much gallant fate (Andromache 's entreaties to hector over book VI)....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Achilles, Agamemnon]

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Analysis Of ' The Iliad '

- Change, in The Iliad, appears in many forms, but most originate from the actions of others. It is human nature for men to follow their will almost without any regard for those around them. This unwavering willpower brings change upon the weaker wills of other men. Faced with change, the weaker man’s path is altered either slightly or drastically. From this alteration, man is given choices or must make it himself. Through these experiences, they become more aware or more confused with what goes on around them....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, The Immortals, Achilles]

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

- Can two things ever truly be exactly the same. When it comes to epic heroes, I’m not sure. In both the Iliad and the Odyssey, written by Homer and translated by Robert Fagles, the journey of two epic heroes are depicted for us. Achilles, hero of the book The Iliad, is fighting in the Trojan War. Odysseus, hero of the book The Odyssey, is simply fighting to get home. Although both the epic heroes are put through some of the same very tough and difficult situations, it doesn’t mean they are quite the same person....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Achilles, Odyssey]

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The Gods Of The Iliad

- ... In contrast, many of the gods affect the Trojan War in favor of their preferred side; Hera decides to seduce Zeus so he cannot help the Trojans (14.182-190), Poseidon helps the Greeks fight back (14.434-437), and Athena allows Diomedes to distinguish god from man so he can thwart the meddling of other gods (5.138-153). These actions show a preference toward selfish desires, which is as common to these deities as it is to mortals. By showing that even gods have to choose between what is best and what they personally want, Homer exposes the necessity for choice in all humanity....   [tags: Iliad, Trojan War, Homer, Apollo]

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

- The Iliad and The Odyssey are epic poems written by Homer, telling the stories of the heroes: Akhilleus, the strongest man in the Akhaian army, fighting in the Trojan War, and Odysseus, the cleverest man in the army, who is trying to get home after that war. The gods often intervene, shaping the lives of the characters. Divine intervention in The Iliad and The Odyssey exists to characterize the statuses of the mortals and the gods. The gods remind the mortals of their power over them through divine intervention, elevating the statuses of the gods and reinforcing their superiority....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Odyssey, Poseidon]

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

- Writers of history often have the habit of pulling out one’s rose-tinted glasses to fondly write of times long past. Homer was the Greek leading man of this. Homer most famous works are The Iliad and The Odyssey, both epics of famous mythological Greek heroes. Homer first wrote The Iliad some time in the eighth century BC about the Trojan War. The real Trojan War was in the thirteen century. The time gap between the actual event and books only proves the level of nostalgia Homer applies to his writings....   [tags: Trojan War, Achilles, Iliad, Apollo]

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

- In two of Homers epics, The Iliad and The Odyssey, it can be seen that in his epics he displays his own Homeric and heroic. The honor of every person in Homeric culture was important, but to the hero, his honor was extremely important. Not only does ones heroism and honor define ones social status and ranking, it is also defense mechanism to build within their own persona of themselves. This way of thinking can cause the Homeric characters to feel invincible and untouchable to their enemies with pride of dying with honor....   [tags: Iliad, Achilles, Trojan War, Odyssey]

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

- ... These men have come to Penelope’s home in order to force her into a marriage but she welcomes them, feeds them, and gives them a place to stay. Her generosity is again later displayed when a stranger with news of Odysseus enters her house. “But come, women, wash the stranger and make his bed/…bathe him and rub him down with oil/, so he can sit beside Telemachus in the hall, enjoy his breakfast there” (401 L 364, 369). She gave this stranger the ultimate welcoming gift by sitting him next to her son, the prince....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Odysseus, Odyssey]

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The Iliad, By Homer

- Throughout Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad, the gods resemble and take on human characteristics. While it is assumed that gods are divine entities incapable of human transgression, they are portrayed with all the flaws of mortals in The Iliad. The gods are a manifestation of human emotions consequently helping to explain the behavior of the humans in The Iliad. The actions of the heroes are what determine their fate, not divine intervention. Ultimately, the humans in The Iliad have certain attributes that provide reason for their behavior, while the gods flow with this, allowing humans freely make their own choices....   [tags: Iliad, Trojan War, Hera, Zeus]

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The Iliad, By Homer

- The communist government in China has many of the Chinese citizens convinced that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is not controlling them. Some citizens believe that the CCP are honorable leaders, and the people who revolt against the government are foolish. In reality, the people who revolt are the heroes trying to save their country, and the leaders are corrupt, power-hungry, cruel people. The real hero does not always get the acknowledgement he deserves; sometimes the nemesis is mistakenly believed to be the hero....   [tags: Iliad, Achilles, Greek mythology, Apollo]

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Analysis Of ' The Iliad '

- In the classic poem The Iliad there are a wide arrange of women portrayed. It has women from the strongest to the weakest. For a poem that is centered in male dominate time, women take center stage in the poem. The women captured in the course of the war were considered rewards. Other women of good birthrights were considered valuable. They were worth more to the families. Then there were Goddess whose help sometimes just made things worse. Helen is considered the most beautiful women in the world....   [tags: Iliad, Trojan War, Greek mythology, Achilles]

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The Epic Of The Iliad

- ... Achilles recognizes that Agamemnon is higher than he is, but does not agree that Agamemnon should get the best of everything because he does not do any of his own work; men like Achilles, Odysseus, and others below him do what he wants done. Agamemnon does not seem to even fear the gods when he makes his commands. Speaking of the gods, there tends to be a lot of involvement from them in The Iliad. One of the main gods that is seen is the god of all gods; Zeus. Even though all of the gods are above mortals, Zeus could be perceived as the top dog in the food chain....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Achilles, Greek mythology]

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The Epic Of The Iliad

- ... Both Goddesses are angry at Zeus for wanting to stop the fighting and only Athena is able to keep her anger in check. Hera becomes furious and lashes out at Zeus claiming that if the fighting stops all of her hard work backing the Achaeans amounts to nothing. Hera does not want this disagreement to escalate to physical violence and will allow Zeus to do as he pleases, but warns him it will not win praise from the other Gods. Next, Zeus responds to Hera’s outburst questioning her motives for destroying Troy....   [tags: Iliad, Trojan War, Helen, Greek mythology]

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The Epic Of The Iliad

- The Homerian epic, The Iliad, portrays many characters exploring the varied stages of grief when facing death. Achilles grieving for Patroclus and Priam for Hector. You could present anticipatory grief in Andromache, due to her expectation of Hector’s demise. Too many focus on the grief of the living. Is the grief of those experiencing death less valid. Brave and valiant Hector, the man killer, is acutely aware of his abbreviated amount of time to reconcile himself with death. He is in a war with depression as he confronts shame; grapples with denial and bargaining when he schemes of a way out; and finally accepts the inevitability of his demise....   [tags: Iliad, Trojan War, Achilles, Greek mythology]

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The Epic Of The Iliad

- The Iliad sets the tone of this epic story by beginning with fighting that magnifies throughout the entire text. King Agamemnon has kidnapped Chryses’ daughter and refuses to give her back even after Chryses has begged him. Agamemnon, rudely, responds to his request calling him “old sir,” telling Chryses if he does not leave, he will make his daughter work until she is old and tired. After hearing this, Chryses leaves afraid for his and his daughter’s life. Chryses prays to the god Apollo that he would punish the Achaians for the pain they have caused him....   [tags: Iliad, Greek mythology, Achilles, Trojan War]

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Honor in the Iliad and Antigone

- The notion of honor is prevalent throughout the Iliad and Antigone. Both texts demonstrate that honor is essential to Greek heroes because honor is the foundation of the society and family. Homer and Sophocles clearly show that honor guides people’s actions and responses and decides the fate of themselves and others. Both authors also place emphasis on the importance of proper burial because it is a strong indication of honor to the deceased and the deceased’s family. As can be seen in the Iliad and Antigone, the aim of every Greek hero is to gain everlasting honor because it ensures his place in the social memory of his society resounding even after death....   [tags: Honor, Iliad, Antigone,]

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Gilgamesh, The Iliad, And The Aeneid

- Even though the Aeneid shares many features with the Homeric epic, as an epic it is diverse in significant ways. For this motive, the Aeneid is denoted to as a literary or else secondary epic so as to distinguish it from primeval or primary epics like the Homeric poems. The word "primitive", "primary" besides "secondary" should not be understood as value verdicts, but simply as signs that the inventive character of the epic was improvisational in addition to oral, though that of the Aeneid, collected later in the epic tradition, was fundamentally non-oral and fashioned with the benefit of writing....   [tags: Gilgamesh, The Iliad, And The Aeneid]

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The Iliad And The Holy Bible

- People have pondered the idea of predetermined events for many years. Some people believe in the fatalistic point of view, where they think that the future is beyond their control (Taylor, 56), whereas other people believe in free will. The Iliad, written by Homer and translated by Stanley Lombardo, and the Aeneid, written by Vergil and translated by Sarah Ruden, are two epic poems that present the idea of fate. The Holy Bible, King James Version, is a set of ancient texts that also present fate....   [tags: Aeneid, Aeneas, Troy, Iliad]

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My Favorite Simile in "The Iliad" and other Personal Responses to "The Iliad"

- One of my favorite similes in The Iliad is in the beginning of Book Three when the armies are closing in on each other. Paris challenges the Achaeans to send their best warrior to fight him one-on-one. When Menelaus saw him “flaunting before the troops” (III: 25) he “thrilled like a lion lighting on some handsome carcass, lucky to find an antlered stag or wild goat just as hunger strikes--he rips it, bolts it down, even with running dogs and lusty hunters rushing him” (III: 25-29). This is an allusion to animal-like behavior, which shows up quite often in the poem....   [tags: Iliad, Homer, ]

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The Iliad By Robert Fagles And Salammbo

- ... The death scene of people that were described it was not as vivid as The Iliad. There were people tripping over there people during the war, battle field confusions, chaos and the fights were not effective. Achilles on the other hand was a very skilled fighter along with other warriors. He had to be convinced in order to fight for the Trojans. While death is barely seen in Salammbo, death is portrayed as a gruesome and extremely painful experience in The Iliad. An example of a death scene is on page 165, “First Agamemnon lord of men spilled the giant Odius, chief of Halizonians off his car-the first to fall, as he veered away the spearhead punched his back between the shoulders, gouging...   [tags: Achilles, Iliad, Trojan War, Troy]

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The Iliad : The Rage Of Achilles

- Many people know that the “second name” of The Iliad is “The Rage of Achilles”. This is because Homer wrote The Iliad in a way that it focuses mostly on Achilles and all his decisions rather than any other character. His actions, and the consequences of all the said actions, are the overall topic for this great epic. The Iliad can be accurately described as a measurement of how much Achilles’s wrath affects the destines of the many warriors who fought and died in the Trojan War (Champagne 2). After reading this great epic twice, I have decided that a better “second name” for The Iliad could be “The Tragedy of Hector”, seeing as how the Trojan leader suffered the most, and was, in my opinion,...   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Achilles, Helen]

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The Tragedy Of The Homer 's Iliad

- Humanities Unfathomable Eccentrics As humans we all experience emotions and the interactions between one another as a result of these feelings being expressed to a viewing party or even alone. Emotions are the driving force of human existence and have been a heavily prevalent part of literature all from Homer’s Iliad to minimalistic poems of the 21st century and anything imaginable in between: it is the feelings that move us as conscious beings to act and, to an extent, fuel our commitment towards an action whether it be pronouncing our joy or thrashing in pain....   [tags: Achilles, Iliad, Trojan War, Hector]

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Analysis Of The Movie ' The Iliad '

- ... While the folly stage and sound effects made the story come to life and give what we saw more depth. Finally the cable camera got all the grandness and size of the epics into the movie of troy. Essay 2 The values of the main characters in the Iliad and the Aeneid are reflected by their actions and decisions. One obvious value that at character has is Hector has a lot of value in family and this value drives most of the story in both the Iliad and the Aeneid. In the Iliad Hector protects Paris because by allowing Helen to come back with them to Troy....   [tags: Iliad, Achilles, Trojan War, Priam]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Iliad '

- ... Someone less of a man than I will say, Our Hector stacking all on his own strength, he destroyed his army. So they will mutter, So now, better by far for me to stand up to Achilles, kill him, come home alive or die at his hands in glory out before the walls” (Book 22, 545). This pride and loyalty that Hector presents is the outcome of his choice of war. This decision he makes gives Hector a heroic personality by bringing out the best of him. Inversely, this action of choice can also reveal the disrespect and immorality of certain characters....   [tags: Achilles, Iliad, Trojan War, Homer]

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Analysis Of Homer 's The Iliad

- “Rage—Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus’ son Achilles…” In Homer’s The Iliad there is a legend so intertwined with love and greed that there is no other way to have a story without violence. Many words are used in The Iliad such as possession, mine, prize, treasures, and cheat. In the first line alone there are three words that represent violence: Rage, Goddess, and Achilles. All three words their own combination of twenty-six letters, but also three different meanings of viciousness. The word Rage, although self-explanatory is defined as “violent, uncontrollable anger.” Goddess, the word may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of violence, that is until study mythology a...   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Homer, Achilles]

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The Iliad By Robert Fagles

- The Iliad, translated by Robert Fagles, is the bloody story of the clash between the Trojans and the Achaeans. The epic poem narrates the brutal war as a test of heroism and manliness. Pride and misunderstanding are woven into the battle like the threads of a macabre tapestry. In the story of the Iliad, it seems that human beings are cruelly slaughtered for the sake of gore and glory. Fagles describes the senseless slaughter after a long battle in book four, line 629, “That day ranks of Trojans, ranks of Achaeans fighters sprawled there side by side, facedown in the dust.” Both the Achaeans and the Trojans suffered immensely....   [tags: Homer, Trojan War, Iliad, Achilles]

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`` The Iliad Glorifies War ``

- ... It’s also different in the respect that Hector comes across as more humble, possibly even doubting himself. By using language this way, Homer shows that the need for glory troubled individual soldiers both mentally, in self doubt, and physically, in injury and ultimately death. Homer chooses to include this scene to bring attention to the fact that, although people’s reasoning varied, glory was wanted to an unhealthy degree by soldiers on both sides of the war. On one hand, you could argue that the fact that Homer is telling the stories of Hector and Achilles agrees with the statement, as, in telling their story, he has immortalised them within the Iliad, proving that they did receive gl...   [tags: Trojan War, Achilles, Iliad, Odysseus]

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The Epic The Iliad By Homer

- The epic The Iliad by Homer argues Achilles has a reaction of rage in numerous situations. Achilles’s choice to respond in such a way that it is of great significance. This incredible emotion influenced his day-to-day life. Many literary critics have started discussion as to whether Achilles’s rage exists as a virtue or a vice in this epic. Other characters throughout The Iliad have commented on his rage, such as Athena, who says, “I came to see if I could check this temper of yours,” (Homer, 235) in a discussion she has with Achilles pertaining to his quarrel with Agamemnon....   [tags: Iliad, Trojan War, Achilles, Odysseus]

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The Iliad And The Epic Of Gilgamesh

- ... This shows that at this point Achilles couldn’t control his emotions very well. Achilles generously returned Hector’s body to Priam upon the intervention of Zeus. But this was only after the abuse Achilles inflicted on the corpse as he dragged the body around in circles. This illustrates the underlying rage present in Achilles. He does not have complete control of his rage. This means that rage is the main cause of Achilles acting irrationally. Only after killing Hector and returning his body does Achilles lose his feeling of immortality, which thereby enables him to be able to control emotions better....   [tags: Epic of Gilgamesh, Iliad, Achilles, Hector]

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Analysis Of Tanakh And The Iliad

- In Tanakh and The Iliad, the main focus is always on the men. Both authors depicted numerous successful male characters, either “great fathers” or powerful warriors. However, they seem to weaken the part of women. Female characters in this two books are often portrayed as peripheral--women in Tanakh seldom get blessings except the ones that are related to giving birth and women in The Iliad hardly involve in the war. They always enjoy inferior social statuses, as compared to their male counterparts....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Agamemnon, Achilles]

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Rhetorical Analysis Of ' The Iliad '

- ... To fetch someone else is a demeaning circumstance. Agamemnon reiterates his problem by griping that his prize is being taken away. By doing this, he tries to persuade and guilt Achilles into feeling bad for him. He wants Achilles to feel remorseful and hand Briseis to him. This conveys that women have no purpose to Agamemnon and are only thought of as objects. Therefore, he should see that the curse was his fault and nobody else’s. Instead, he should put the people before himself. Achilles is the best warrior who was willing to help the king out with his problem....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Agamemnon, Briseis]

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The Iliad And Oedipus The King

- Although both The Iliad and Oedipus the King portray humans with very little control of their lives, in The Iliad the gods have some of the control, but are subservient to the power of fate and their biggest role in the story is to be an object of blame. This is contrasted by the view of power in Oedipus the king where the gods are much more involved and help carry out the Fates’ will, despite the human’s wishes, and this difference affects the thematic differences because Homer places more of the blame on humans while Sophocles gives humans less power and therefore less responsibility for their actions....   [tags: Iliad, Greek mythology, Odysseus, Achilles]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Iliad '

- In historical times, war was viewed as glorious, especially during the medieval era, as depicted in countless novels and narratives with which fighters were portrayed as heroic and brave. Contrary to this viewpoint, modern civilization sees war as an orgy of destruction that despite sometimes being necessary demolishes entire cultures and puts families into disarray and ruin. Within the Iliad, Homer incorporates these two conflicting viewpoints into a complex and deep attitude towards war. In the historical epic, Homer reveals the devastation that fighting inflicts on soldiers both physically and emotionally, and he depicts the grief and sorrows of the families of soldiers killed during the...   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Homer, Achilles]

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Movie Analysis : ' The Iliad '

- ... 429-430) Then actually foreshadowing her husband’s death, saying, “Oh, my wild one, your bravery will be your own undoing!” Right there, his two contrasting roles come into contact sparking deadly stakes. How can Hector both protect his honor, which requires he would die for Troy while protecting his life for the sake his wife and child, when the choices are mutually necessary. Hector understands that his wife loves him deeply but he knows he can’t allow that to compromise his love for Troy and all who dwell inside her walls....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Achilles, Troy]

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The Iliad : A Moral Lesson

- ... To those who already knew the stories of the Trojan War heroes (which all of the original Greek audience of the epic would), these words would be ominous ones. They would know that Agamemnon had angered his wife Klytaimestra (Clytemnestra), by sacrificing their daughter to obtain favorable winds for the expedition. They would also know that when Agamemnon arrived home victorious after the war with Troy, concubine (Cassandra, not Chryseis) in tow, Clytemnestra would murder him. Agamemnon is already being characterized here as a person whose arrogant, insensitive and cavalier treatment of the women in his life brings him grief and destruction....   [tags: Trojan War, Achilles, Iliad, Agamemnon]

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Analysis Of Homer 's The Iliad

- ... In Homer’s time period, it was believed by the common mass that only a god could stop, or create, the power of such a river, adding to the awe and intimidation of such a natural force. People in ancient Greek society knew of floods, and the power and danger associated with them, because most of them were farmers and had first-hand experience with floods (Ready). As it flows, the river conquers everything in its path, and eradicates whole forests. Just like with the tree simile seen previously, the flooded river gives Ajax glory for the river itself is filled with glory....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Achilles, Homer]

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The Iliad By William Homer

- ... But fetch me another prize, and straight off too, else I alone of the Argives go without my honor. That would be a disgrace. You are all witness, 140 look-my prize is snatched away!" (The Iliad 81) In which, Achilles wife, Briseis, it taken away because of Agamemnon pride was taken from him as a result of his selfishness. In result, Achilles will not fight in the war because of what Agamemnon did and continues to do so until he hears an apology from Agamemnon. Once Agamemnon founds out that Achilles is not fighting, he tries reward him from taking his pride....   [tags: Achilles, Iliad, Trojan War, Troy]

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The Iliad Of The Greek Army

- The iliad H.O.M.E.R Number of pages-297 Summary- after nine years of the Trojan War, the Greek army attacks a town that was allied with Troy. During the battle the Greek army captures a pair of beautiful maidens Chryseis and Briseis. The leader of the Greek forces takes Chryseis as his prize, and Achilles takes Briseis. Chryseis’s father, who serves as a priest of the god Apollo and pleads with Apollo for his daughter back from the Greeks, so he offers an enormous reward. but the Greek leader refuses to give back his prize....   [tags: Homer, Iliad, Trojan War, Achilles]

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Honor as the Theme in Homer’s The Iliad

- There are different forms and examples of exemplary and classic literature which have been deemed as significant works that are highly esteemed worldwide. These examples of literature would awe the world with how much literary skill they entailed when they were composed and written: attention to details as to formation of characters, the most crafty of plots, the most eloquent speeches and lines, the most astounding of twists of scenes, and most of all, the most universal and meaningful of themes....   [tags: Honor, Homer, Iliad]

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Analysis Of Homer 's Iliad And Odyssey

- The concept of guest friendship is an essential tool that promises safety in everyday ancient Greek life and the significance it carries is reflected in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. It is enforced not only by the mortals in traditional domestic settings, but also on the battlefield and by the gods themselves. The warriors in the Iliad and the Odyssey respect xenia more than they desire kleos. It is not merely the mortals who respect xenia and the implications it creates, but the Gods provide and honor the sanctity of guest courtesy in Greek culture as well....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Zeus, Iliad]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' Iliad '

- Rosemaria Varghese HUMA 4312 Midterm Exam - Question 2 Introduction Homer composed the epic poem Iliad, with its tragic tale set during the final years of the Trojan War, after the dark ages in Greek history. Three centuries later, Sophocles produced the Athenian tragedies Oedipus the King and Antigone, contributing to the development of Greek drama. Despite the vast contrasts between the two authors, Homer and Sophocles portrayed the female characters as secondary roles to the gallant heroes of their narratives....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Achilles, Greek mythology]

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The Tragic Heroes and their Effect on Humanity in Homer's "the Iliad" and "the Aeneid"

- During their reading of the Iliad and the Aeneid, scores of readers only see the two great poets commenting on the nature of war and destruction. What countless do not see, however, are there passionate outcries on behalf of the tragic heroes and humanity itself. The author of the Iliad, Homer, has been theorized by some to be a collection of writers working in collaboration. Nevertheless, this author had an immeasurable effect on ancient Greek culture. The Aeneid was written by Virgil, who was born in 70 BCE and had two other works in addition to his epic masterpiece....   [tags: Iliad, Aeneid, ]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Iliad '

- ... Thus, a quarrel over a woman, which involves men’s honor and status but also human ties of affection, causes not only the war but the anger (menis) that leads to the death of Achilles’ companion Patroclus and the principal heroes of the epic, Hector and Achilles himself. (Lefkowitz 503) The capturing of this single woman leads to the deaths of several major characters in the epic poem, and an increase in the tensions throughout the war. Both Chryseis and Briseis are perfect examples of the power that women possess over men in many of the classic Grecian myths....   [tags: Iliad, Trojan War, Greek mythology, Odyssey]

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The Iliad : Achilles ' Faults

- ... Achilles although a war hero in The Iliad, has many faults regarding his character that Homer craft-fully recognizes and plays of throughout the story. Achilles personality has not much to recommend him other than his fighting capabilities. He is headstrong, ignorant, selfish, and conceited. In the story his emotions take charge. Wrath, rage, greed, vanity, pride, honor and loyalty are his allies. Achilles lives for fighting and being known to everyone he only takes into consideration his own needs and wants....   [tags: Achilles, Iliad, Trojan War, Greek mythology]

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An Analysis Of ' Iliad ' By Homer

- ... For instance when Achilles states to Agamemnon, “And now you’re threatening to take away the prize that I sweated for and the Greeks gave me” (192). After this, Achilles threatens to leave the fight and Agamemnon responds, “Go ahead and desert, if that’s what you want” (192). Overall, this disagreement would not happen without the roles of the two women. Other significant women roles during this poem are the women who serve as partners to the male hero characters. These women do not overall affect the character of the men, but with their existence, the man’s character undertakes a multidimensional role....   [tags: Iliad, Trojan War, Greek mythology, Achilles]

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The Iliad Is The First Great Tragedy

- When discussing literature, most people would say that The Iliad is the first great tragedy. In literature, a tragedy is defined as a work in which the main character or protagonist encounters extreme loss, pain, and/or sadness. Perhaps one of the most memorable and absolutely tragic deaths that really crushes the main character, Achilleus, in this story is the death of Patroklos, Achilleus’ closest friend and ally. Toward the end of the epic, as the Achaians are being pushed back hard by the Trojan army, Patroklos dons Achilleus’ armor and goes to battle in his stead....   [tags: Iliad, Achilles, Trojan War, Greek mythology]

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The Epic Of Gilgamesh And Iliad

- Traveling the world allows one to open their mind to the wide array of cultures. It allows one to change their views on others, but more importantly, it allows one to grow and become a better person. The Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh and the Greek poet Homer’s Iliad express how one important part of a hero’s journey is the transformation that the hero’s character goes through over the course of their story. In the Epic of Gilgamesh and Iliad, the characters Gilgamesh and Achilles demonstrate that family is very important throughout one’s lifetime....   [tags: Epic of Gilgamesh, Iliad, Trojan War, Achilles]

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Analysis Of Homer 's The Iliad

- ... Homer represents his point of view of The Iliad by bringing forth a conflict that will continue to unravel as the story goes on and telling the audience the character’s flaws so that they can tell what is going to happen next. Homer brings forth the continuation of the nine-year war between Archaens and Troy. His view of a war consists of violence and unforgettable deaths. Many of these unforgettable deaths are described in this manner, “But swift withdrew the long protended wood. And turn 'd him short, and herded in the crowd....   [tags: Iliad, Achilles, Greek mythology, Trojan War]

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Achilles' Hero Behavior Cycle in the Iliad

- The Ancient Greeks admired their heroes and tried to learn from both their achievements and their mistakes. They believed that most great leaders and warriors followed a predictable behavior cycle, which often ended tragically. In Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad, Achilles is a great warrior who traces the stages of the behavior cycle twice, from arete to hubris to ate and then to nemesis. Achilles is a highly skilled warrior and a great leader who becomes a narcissist and an arrogant person, which leads to selfish and childish behavior resulting in the death of his best friend....   [tags: Ancient Greeks, iliad, heroes,]

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The Tragic Hero Of Homer 's The Iliad

- There may be no greater fact known than that of human beings seeking a purpose in this life. Are we here simply because of our parents meeting or are we here because God ordained it for some divine reason unfathomable by yourself, but seen by those in your community. What would the world be if Gandhi had not examined himself in his writings. Ultimately we will never know the consequences of unexamined lives because it is simply human nature to seek a purpose, no matter the situation you are born into; meaning, rather King or citizen we all seek to examine our lives to find reason....   [tags: Achilles, Iliad, Capital punishment]

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Analysis Of The Book ' 9 Of The Iliad '

- ... His speech is the most organized of the ambassadors which simply reiterates that Odysseus is logical. He put into his speech the right amount of flattery, the correct amount of severity in his call to action, he presents Agamemnon’s gifts exactly as they were stated to him, he appeals to an authority figure that Achilles was sure to respect. The tactician did everything correctly. If Odysseus had been taking to a reasonable, average man, his appeals probably would have worked. However, Achilles does not have either of those qualities, at least, not in book 9....   [tags: Iliad, Trojan War, Achilles, Greek mythology]

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Analysis Of The Book ' The Iliad '

- Homers first book was called the Iliad. This dynamic story tells of the struggles that happened in the Trojan War. Although it is fictional, this literary work gives us an insight of how the Greeks thought the world worked. Reading the first five books, there come an understanding of war and how the gobs played a leading role in all of it. This book glorified the Trojan War and follows a Greek warrior named Achilles. To begin with, you can see the immense influence that the gods had on humans. In book one there is the induction of the Trojan War started nine years ago....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Greek mythology, Helen]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Iliad '

- ... Through their gaining of glory, humans’ most primitive desire, which is to become immortal like the Gods, is satisfied. For instance, Achilles delivers a fatal blow on Hector, effectively sealing his death, as shown by the passage: as Hector charged in fury brilliant Achilles drove his spear and the point went stabbing clean through the tender neck but the heavy bronze weapon failed to slash the windpipe— Hector could still gasp out some words, some last reply....   [tags: Iliad, Trojan War, Greek mythology, Achilles]

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Comparing Homer 's The Iliad

- The ancient Greek civilization, including those from current Greece and surrounding areas, had a singular perception of what an “ideal” man was and what characteristics this man should have to be considered one. The ancient Greeks venerated those with more intellectual and noble attributes, with qualities such as bravery, responsibility, and esteem. Homer’s the Iliad encompasses these traits and portrays them through various characters, scenarios, and comments made in the epic. Based on these ideals, one can come to the decision that Hector, the Trojan hero in the Iliad, is a better man that the Achaean king Agamemnon....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Ancient Greece, Achilles]

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The Iliad By Homer, Homer

- ... Just when Menelaus is about to kill Paris Aphrodite wraps him in a cloud and takes him, along with Helen, away to safety. Helen criticizes her Paris for being a coward but she eventually lays with him. On the battlefield, Menelaus looks for Paris everywhere and his army claims that he won and the war is over. Paris’ brash attitude is more-or-less a source of comedy because it is clear that he is not willing to defend himself. In the warrior society that we see in the Iliad only courageous men receive honor....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Greek mythology, Odysseus]

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The Iliad By Homer, The Hero, Shame, And Fate

- Self-Definition holds three major factors throughout the Greeks and Japanese culture, Honor, Shame, and Fate. In the Work the Iliad by Homer, In Homeric’s description of a hero was to fight and gain glory and immortality through the actions taken on the battle field. The mans honor was paramount and required men to protect it at all cost. That means to avoid bringing shame upon not only the family lineage, but as well as their immortality. Greek hero’s especially in the Iliad compete with this idea of heroism and the cards fate has dealt them....   [tags: Iliad, Achilles, Trojan War, Homer]

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Analysis Of The Book ' Homer 's Iliad '

- ... To be turned in at the end of class. • Group may do a Power Point Presentation about their character 's motives. To be turned in at the end of class. Groups choosing this option will be given an evaluation rubric as a guide and will need to present prior to the ending of class. • Group may write an essay about their group characters from the point of view from one specific character of their choosing. Essay may be either a comedy or drama. To be turned in at the end of class. Assessment • At the end of the lesson, students will write down 3 things they thought were confusing....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Homer, Achilles]

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The Iliad By Homer All Of These Types Of Violence

- Violence is most commonly thought of as force that causes physical harm, but it is not always a physical force. Hurt caused by violence can not only be physical, but it can also be emotional and psychological. In The Iliad by Homer all of these types of violence are evident. In the first book Achilles and Agamemnon are fighting with each other because of a girl. Agamemnon has a priest’s daughter and the priest wants her back, but Agamemnon will not give her up. The priest prays to Apollo and asks him to fire arrows on Agamemnon’s army....   [tags: Iliad, Trojan War, Achilles, Homer]

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Achilles Anger And Its Effects On The Iliad

- ... Reflecting on Achilles and the consequences of his actions through the Christian point of view is key in understanding Achilles’ character better. Starting with Achilles’ conflict with Agamemnon, it was the moment when Agamemnon took Brisies that, Achilles grew furious with Agamemnon. This is showed in this example from the Iliad, “The son of Peleus (Achilles) was furious, and his heart within his shaggy breast was divided whether to draw his sword, push the others aside, and kill the son of Atreus (Agamemnon) or restrain himself, and was drawing his mighty sword from its scabbard.” Before he decided what to do, Achilles hand was stayed by the goddess Athena....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Achilles, Paris]

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The Iliad ' Being The First Great Book

- ... Achilles, drawing his sharp sword, struck through the neck and breast line. The two edged sword sunk home its full length. The other, face down, lay still, and the black blood ran out wetting the ground.” “The hero becomes a thing, dragged behind a chariot in the dust: All around his black hair was spread, in the dust his whole head lay, that once charming head, now Zeus had let his enemies defile it on their native soil.” This is the horrible scene of how easily a hero can be turned into “a thing”, defiled to a point of being emotionless, nothing, and stagnant like a pristine untouched pond....   [tags: Iliad, Achilles, Trojan War, Homer]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Iliad Of Homer '

- During every humans life we tend to make mistakes. We tend to think something is good one day then look back on it in a few years and realize it was not such a great idea. Through these mistakes we grow as people and we learn from them. In The Iliad of Homer Achilles goes through a lot of trials and tribulations, and doesn’t always make the best choices. Sadly Achilles does not learn from these mistakes until it is far too late. One of Achilles first great lessons learned was that one should be less intense when it comes to one’s values....   [tags: Iliad, Achilles, Trojan War, Hector]

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Comparison between "The Iliad" and "The Women of Troy"

- The Iliad by Homer and the Women of Troy by Euripides are both Greek works of literature that look at the Trojan War from different perspectives. Book 6 of the Iliad illustrates that the ultimate glory is to fight for the city with no regard to the impact on the family. The Women of Troy focuses on the negatives that war causes, especially towards the soldier’s wives and children. Whereas the Iliad focuses on the battle itself and centers on the warriors, the Women of Troy focuses on the wrath the war brings upon the families left behind....   [tags: Iliad, Women of Troy, Homer, Euripides, Trojan War]

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Women of the Iliad

- Women of the Iliad In the Iliad we saw women as items of exchange and as markers of status for the men who possessed them (Chryseis and Briseis, whom Agame mnon and Achilles argue over in Book I). We saw them in their normal social roles as mothers and wives (Hecuba, Andromache in Book VI). We saw stereotypical characterizations of them as fickle (Helen in Book VI), seductive, and deceitful (Hera in Book XIV). We see them as an obstacle that the male hero has to overcome or resist to fulfill his heroic destiny (Andromache's entreaties to Hector in Book VI)....   [tags: Homer Women Iliad]

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The Role Of Zeus in Homer's Iliad

- The Role Of Zeus in Homer's Iliad In the era of Homer, divine intervention was thought to be typical, and one of his foremost works, The Iliad, reflects this. Nearly all of the Greek gods are involved in the outcome of the Trojan War, which happens to be the background story of this epic poem. The gods are used by Homer to add twists on an otherwise standard plot of war. I shall concentrate on Zeus, however, and reflect on his actions and their outcomes on the Trojan War, and more importantly, the story of The Iliad....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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The Dual Role of Gods in The Iliad

- The Dual Role of Gods in The Iliad      With even a cursory exposure to ancient Greek texts, it is obvious that the gods and goddesses are very important in traditional Greek culture. As literary figures in mythos and specific poetry and drama, the gods dabble in the life of man, predict his fate, and routinely thwart any attempt for him to entirely forge his own future. But for those of us who are not extensively schooled in antiquities, it is hard to pinpoint exactly what the gods are to the ancient Greeks, and what they are to us as readers of literature who live outside the culture....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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Heroes Usually Die Young in the Iliad, but Odysseus has Wit

- In the Iliad the Heroes are the ones who died young on the battle field in the high of their prime. A perfect example of this is Achilles, who choose to go to Troy knowing he will have a story, but glories life. Odysseus, does care about the glory of war. He does everything he can to stay at home with his family. Including faking insanity and sowing his field with salts. Yet he still consider a hero. In fact Odyssey is a story about Odysseus journey home, not about war and battle which is the case with the Iliad....   [tags: Iliad, heroes,]

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The Character Achilles in Homer's The Iliad

- The Character Achilles in Homer's The Iliad "The first book of The Iliad, appropriately titled the "Rage of Achilles," sets the scene for the remainder of the epic" (selu.edu/Academics/Depts/WritingCenter/The_Growth_of_Achilles.htm). "This rage is invoked by pride, a theme of pivotal importance for the Greeks. Pride is the source of the conflict between Achilles and Agamemnon in Book 1. The incident that provoked Achilles rage took place in the tenth and final year of the Achaean attack on Troy....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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The Lack of Credibility in Homer's Iliad

-     Much of the criticism of Homer's Iliad is focused on the events of the story: the significance of the images, symbols, the role of the Greek Gods, the characters of the story. It seems that many of the critics have forgotten the very important role of Homer as the narrator of the events. His narration undermines the story. He is the medium through which the story is told.  Perhaps the ambiguity of not knowing exactly who Homer is, and the fact that it was an oral story long before it was written in the form it is today, is the cause of oversight of the narrative qualities of Homer's Iliad by many critics....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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The Iliad and the Fate Of Patroclus

- The Iliad and the Fate Of Patroclus      Throughout The Iliad Of Homer, the constant theme of death is inherently apparent.  Each main character, either by a spear or merely a scratch from an arrow, was wounded or killed during the progression of the story.  For Zeus' son, Sarpedon, it was a spear through the heart, and for Hector, it was the bronze of the mighty Achilles through his neck which caused his early demise.  It seems that no one could escape an agonizing fate.  Of these deaths, the most interesting and intriguing death of all is that of Achilles' dear friend Patroclus.  Although his life was taken by the mighty Hector's spear, who was truly liable for hi...   [tags: Iliad essays]

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Achilles Respect for Authority in The Iliad

- Achilles Respect for Authority in The Iliad Respect for authority plays an important role in The Iliad. Achilles is a major character in it whose views on authority change throughout the book. In Book One, he seems to have no respect for King Agamemnon. Achilles questions his judgment as well as rebelling against his authority. This is shown best when Achilles says, "What a worthless, burnt-out coward I'd be called if I would submit to you and all your orders." (Pg. 87 line 43-45)....   [tags: Iliad essays]

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Analysis Of Virgil 's ' The Iliad And Odyssey '

- ... After killing Hector, Achilles gained his fame as near invincible, but died due to an arrow shot at his heel, the one place was vulnerable. Even though Achilles did not want to fight until he was appeased, life had a way of dragging him back into the fray. He fulfilled his destiny as one of the greatest heroes of Greece. Odysseus is similar to Achilles because he often lets his pride get the better of him on his journey to return home to Ithaca. As he is escaping Polyphemus, the cyclops, Odysseus announces his name three times making his identity known....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Greek mythology, Achilles]

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The Tragic Hero Of The Iliad, Beowulf And Hamlet

- ... Achilles killed every Trojan to appear in his way and put the majority of their bodies in the river Xanthus. This action infuriated the mighty river, causing him to go after Achilles. Achilles then escaped the wrath of Xanthus, with the help of Poseidon, Athena, and Hephaestus. Achilles finally did kill Hector then dragged him around tied to the back of Achilles’ chariot. Hector, had been just as brave as Achille and the both shared two huge things: this had not been their fight and neither one had been in charge of their own destinies....   [tags: Iliad, Achilles, Trojan War, Greek mythology]

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The Role of the Gods in Homer's The Iliad

- The Role of the Gods in Homer's The Iliad "We everlasting gods....Ah what chilling blows we suffer-thanks to our own conflicting wills-whenever we show these mortal men some kindness." This exert clearly states what kind of authority Homer has bestowed on his Gods. John Porter said," their constant interference in the lives of the mortals, which seems to cast them in the role of malicious puppeteers, while reducing Homer's heroes to mere pawns in a selfish and often rather petty divine game of one-upmanship." I found it to be quite disturbing imagining these characters fighting in such a mercilous war, giving every ounce of strength they had, and in an instance, all of their efforts could...   [tags: Iliad essays]

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