Catastrophes And Acts Of Heroism In Homer's The Iliad

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The Iliad -an epic poem written by Homer- displays numerous triumphs, catastrophes, and acts of heroism, taken place in ancient Greek society. This tale is told in the midst of the Trojan War. While there are many significant events, lessons, elaborate speeches and noble characters manifested throughout The Iliad, it is undoubtedly stated that honor is an essential theme in this poem. Honor is the culprit of every motive, it is influential to many types of behaviors and circumstances. Moreover, it was the indicator of the war between the Argives and the Trojans, it affected the Gods role, it justified risking one’s entity in battle and lastly, it was even more momentous after death.
The cause that started the war was initially the stealing
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This is a result of either their gracious and helpful acts towards the humans or the complete opposite. For example deflecting spears that should have pierced the pink flesh of its victim, the Gods taking the form of a mortal to empower crowds of low spirits, so they can rise above and conquer, and even renewing the strength or capability of a fighter in the midst of combat. In contrast, the Gods can show just how fierce their diabolical tendencies can range from, to the point where the mortals completely suffer amongst one another. Homer conveys this message very early in The Iliad; He illustrates: “Apollo, who had took offense at the king and sent / a deadly plague to the camp, and many were dying, / because he had dishonored the god’s priest, Chryses, ” (Book 1 line 9-12) This further proclaims how you do not want to go up against an …show more content…
Even the best and most heroic men had moments of negative presentment, that almost kept them from entering the bloody brawl. For instance, Achilles once contemplated two choices, and he was about to pick the latter, “I can never go home, but my glory will live forever; / but if I return in my ships to my own dear country, / my glory will die, but my life will be long and peaceful,” (Book 9 line 414-417) As we know Achilles did stay, so honor proved to be more powerful once again. Another situation in which the more honorable act was contemplated was when Hector killer of men, considered asking Achilles for a truce and promising a large ransom. He knew that this would not be a plausible nor honorable proposition, he wondered “Why do I need to debate these things with myself?” (Book 22 Line 119) Moments like this aren 't unheard of in The Iliad, but under every circumstance honor always came out

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