Who Is to Blame for the Trojan War Essay

723 Words Sep 6th, 2010 3 Pages
Who is to Blame? The Trojan War; one of the longest and most remembered war in the history of Greek mythology. Millions of people died, families were broken and a few people were to blame for this. In the novel The Firebrand, by Marion Zimmer Bradly, a Trojan princess, by name of Kassandra, has been given the gift of foresight. She foresees the Greek ships on the waters of Troy approximately twenty years before they are there. It was then that she met Apollo and was claimed as his. She goes to meet Penthesilia, queen of the Amazons, and lives with them for a while. When she goes back to Troy, she brings Hector’s wife, Andromache, back with her. Then the classic (with a few twists) myth of the Trojan War is told. But everyone …show more content…
While Menelaus is the little brother who just wants his girl back. Menelaus runs to Agamemnon and whines to him that the Trojans have just stolen his wife. And so, the two brothers wage war against Troy.
The gods are another key player in the game. This is where the classic tale of the Trojan War comes from, a beauty contest. The Trojan War started after an incident at the wedding feast of Peleus, the king of Thessaly, and Thetis, a sea goddess. All the gods and goddesses of Mt. Olympus had been invited except Eris, the goddess of discord. Eris was offended and tried to stir up trouble among the guests at the feast. She sent a golden apple inscribed "For the most beautiful." Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite each claimed the apple as their own. The goddesses went down to Paris, since he was a true judge. Hera promised him great power and the world, if he chose her. Athena promised him eternal wisdom, should he choose her. Lastly, Aphrodite promised him the most beautiful woman, Helen of Sparta, if he chooses her. Paris judges the quarrel and awards the apple to Aphrodite. The goddesses then got very angry with him and all of Troy and decide to take revenge. They side with the Greeks and influenced the outcome.
All things considered, how could one put the full blame on Helen or Paris? They were just tools in all of this. Even though Odysseus tries his hardest to stay out of the war, he indirectly

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