Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Iliad ' Essay

1348 Words Jan 21st, 2016 6 Pages
Often in antiquity, many Greek authors used their writing to convey certain messages or teachings that they would want their readers to know. It wasn’t uncommon for them to use emotional and physical characteristics of characters to convey either a metaphorical or a literal teaching in their story. In the Iliad, Homer uses the characteristics strength, pride, and courage to teach many lessons on certain values that has changed and improved my life.
In the novel, Homer uses prominent individuals to show that even the strongest falls. First, Homer portrays the characters as fearsome and untouchable then surprises the reader by showing their venerability. Zeus is the first character to be an example of this. No god can oppose Zeus. Even if the Olympians were to band together,” the king is far too strong-he’ll crush [them] all” (Fagles 238). However, in chapter one the reader is reminded of the fact that Zeus is in Thetis ' debt; in a revolt of the gods in which Zeus was nearly defeated, only Thetis ' intervention saved him. No matter how strong Zeus is he still fell to where Thetis had to save him. Another example in chapter twenty-two is when Hector falls to the might of Achilles. In the beginning of chapter eight, Hector is “on in fighting-fury”(Fagles 234). Hector is raging forward, pinning the Achaeans behind their own fortifications. He is unstoppable in his attempt to drive the Achaeans back. The reader is given a description of Hector that implies him as being…

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