The Trojan War: Troy And The Iliad

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‘Troy’(2004), the big budget hollywood movie, directed by Wolfgang Peterson, was based on the famous Trojan war that was waged against the city of Troy by the Greeks. It is considered the biggest and the most gruesome war of the Greek mythology and so far several poems and plays have been written by the Greek poets and authors describing the incidences and that took place during the war, the valour of some specific soldiers, the importance of Gods and their role during the war etc. One of the most notable works describing the it was The Iliad by Homer. The movie ‘Troy’ was clearly heavily influenced or rather was a loose adaptation of the Iliad and both the movie and the poem had the same overall plots, such as the dispute or enmity between …show more content…
This difference is pretty big but there is also a practical reasoning to this length difference, being that there is just too much to cover within three hours, if the director stuck to the original plot of the story it would have to be split into multiple different parts, leading it to go maybe overbudget. Also, in the Iliad Paris is killed, Hector’s baby is killed and Hector’s wife is made a slave, but in the movie they all escape …show more content…
In both the book and the movie, Patroclus decided to wear Achilles armour and pretended he was Achilles and goes on to fight the Trojans. In both the versions, Prince Hector mistakes him for Achilles and kills him which was an important turning point of the story in both versions. It is the part where Achilles actually begins to consider all the Trojans his enemies specially Hector. The best scene of the movie and the Iliad according to me was when Priam comes to Achilles, begging for Hector’s body. The scene is handled by both the actors very well both emotionally and soulfully. Though in the Iliad Priam is protected is protected by the Gods on his mission, while in the movie Priam claims it’s his knowledge of his own lands that allowed him to slip into the Greek camp. But, this one scene was Achilles’s probably most humane moment in which he overcomes his hatred and has sympathy for someone else’s

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