The War Between The Greeks And The Trojans In Homer's The Iliad

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"What god drove them to fight with such fury?" The Iliad, written by Homer, a Greek poet, was a story that outlined the war between the Greeks and the Trojans. Books 1, 6, 22, and 24 takes us through a journey first about Agamemnon, Achilles and their victims. Then about Hector, Paris ' brother going away to battle and his wife mourning his death prematurely, then Hector dying in book 22. And lastly book 24 illustrates Hectors father, Priam, king of Troy, begging Achilles to accept his ransom and give him his sons body back to be dealt with and mourned properly. The Iliad is thousands of years old, and still the misogyny overcomes all else. The first book of the Iliad has an extremely violent and angry tone about it. Achilles, son of the nymph Thetis and the king of the Myrmidons, Peleus, and the hero of our story and Agamemnon, king of Mycenae, plunder a Trojan-allied town and kidnap two women by the names of Chryseis and Briseis. Chryseis ' father, Chryses, prays to the god Apollo …show more content…
The tone behind this particular chapter is increasingly more loving, caring and human. Hector, the son of the king and queen of Troy, brother to Paris, must return to Troy to fight. When he finds his wife Andromache, and his newborn son Astyanax, and informs her that he is returning to the fight, she is grief stricken. She cries to him "Reckless one- my Hector! Your own fiery courage will destroy you! Have you no pity for him, our helpless son? Or me, and the destiny that weighs me down, your widow, now so soon". She is immeasurably anguished at the thought of her beloved husband returning to the war to ultimately die. She fears his death, being a widow and having a fatherless son. The chapter ends with Hector leaning down to kiss a son he just met before departing. The emotion in this chapter; the love, the fear and the courage is overwhelming, and my heart bleeds for Andromache, her soon to be dead husband, and the child that will never know

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