Essay on Analysis Of The Iliad ' An Ancient Greek Epic Poem

760 Words Feb 18th, 2015 4 Pages
An ‘epic’ poem is a lyrical narrative about a significant event. An epic poem usually features a hero and is a way to record the history of a culture. The Iliad is an ancient Greek epic poem created by Homer around750 B.C. that illustrates the Trojan War. To give a thorough, detailed, and specific view of the literature, this essay will respond to the meaning Areté; explain why Achilles, hero of the Iliad, cannot fully live in Areté; clarify, specifically, how that manifests against Hector; describe how Priam help Achilles reach Areté and why was it so important to the ancient Greeks that Achilles learn this lesson. As a final point, examine my own greatest internal challenge that I must conquer to live with Areté in my life. According to the text, the term Areté refers to “reaching one’s highest potential” or “virtue”. In other words, being the best that you can be. A good example of this would be in the movie The Pursuit of Happiness with Will Smith. The Pursuit of Happiness is a movie based on the life of Chris Gardner. Mr. Gardner was a person experiencing many of life’s hardships. One day Gardner remembered what his mother told him when he was a young boy. His mother told him, “If he wanted, he could be a millionaire.” Gardner decided at that point that he would do whatever it took him to be a millionaire and be happy. Gardner became an unpaid intern at a brokerage firm and learned everything there was to learn about the business. Today Gardner is a…

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