Virgil 's Aeneid And The Iliad And Odyssey Essay

1087 Words Dec 8th, 2015 5 Pages
Whenever children are being forced to read Virgil’s Aeneid in English class, they consider the story to be about an intense battle between two strong groups of people; although, what many of us do not understand is that the battle is not just physical, it is mental as well. If you look up the definition of “naive” on Urban Dictionary, you see words relating to it such as “stupid”, “gullible”, and “ignorant”. These words relate to the epic tale called the Aeneid; which, is written by Virgil. The Aeneid’s “enemy” is a story called the Iliad and Odyssey. The Iliad and Odyssey are written by Homer. Homer’s take on the Trojan War is biased towards Troy. Homer explains the Trojan War in a way that makes people think the Trojans are foolish warriors who let the Greeks destroy their empire. Unlike the Iliad and Odyssey, Virgil’s Aeneid emphasizes the positive qualities of the Trojans and their leader Aeneas, essentially blaming the fall of Troy on their generosity.
The Greeks created the Trojan Horse so they could hide in the hollow stomach and later destroy the empire of Troy. The Greeks know exactly how to trick the Trojans into accepting their gift. The Greeks came up with the myth of Minerva’s Wrath; which states that if the Trojans do not accept the gift from the Greeks, they will be destroyed. Sinon claims that if any harm comes to the wooden statue, Troy will be destroyed by Minerva’s wrath, but if the Trojans install the horse within their city walls, they will rise…

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