Essay on Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Iliad '

709 Words Oct 7th, 2016 3 Pages
To fight in the war meant to strive for achieving glory and honor all the while facing casualties and bloodshed. Through the use of Homeric similes, Homer foreshadows and depicts the ongoing events of the war. His detailed similes help readers to predict the outcome of battles and understand the effects of the war upon each of the characters in the book. Homeric similes help readers to see that death in the war is due to fate and nature, which makes the theme of war and mortality evident in all books of Homers Illiad.
In book 6 of The Iliad, a Homeric simile arises that compares the many deaths of the soldiers to leaves on trees and changing seasons. Glaucus, a man on the Trojan side, upon running into Achean member Diomedes compares the regrowth and falling of leaves to the lives of mortal men in the war. He says, “Now the wind scatters the old leaves across the earth, now the living timber bursts with the new buds and spring comes round again. And so with men: as one generation comes to life, another dies away” (Homer. 6. 172-175). With this dialogue, Homer’s comparison suggests that the men can be easily compared to leaves on trees because once they reach their full blossom or in the men’s case, full potential, they die off and are replaced by new soldiers and heroes. This is the nature of the war, as each man who performs to the best of their ability and fights in the war is not destined to return home but rather to die as if they were a leaf leaving a tree after…

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