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    The Shield Of Achilles

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    In “Shield of Achilles,” Homer presents a society in which there exists war, immorality, injustice, chaos and punishment that is contrasted with peace, happiness, order and festivals. This juxtaposition between these two types of scenes create the image of a society in which there is a constant pattern of hope followed by sudden and unexpected disappointment. For example, in one of the scenes on the shield, Homer depicts a town with peaceful livestock and shepherds that “had not so much of a thought of danger”(14). Immediately following this image, a gruesome scene takes place in which the invaders, “went in and out with one another and fought as though they were living people hauling away one another’s dead”(14). Based upon the scenes…

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    A Hope for the Future Do victims of society really wish for peace on earth and good will to all men; or would they rather forcefully take away from others and crown themselves a king in their own right? Homer presents a fantastic abstract on this subject through an artistic medium, the shield of Achilles, in book 18 of The Iliad. He creates a prognostication; depicting an entire world and the activities of its inhabitants. This predicted evolution contemplates the future of how justice and…

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    Achilles Shield Analysis

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    artists have interpreted Homer’s story of Achilles’ shield. They have created and shared paintings and poems, each showing a slightly different version of the famous piece of metal. One artist who describes the shield of Achilles is the poet W. H. Auden. His rendition of the shield differs markedly from Homer’s original. Homer’s depiction of the ancient Greek world on the shield is a microcosm of humanity, displaying both peace and conflict enveloped by nature. Auden’s description of the shield…

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    In Homer’s poem, the Iliad, Homer goes through great lengths to describe “The Shield of Achilles.” Homer creates this masterpiece by using imagery to express the world beyond the battlefield, while also painting a picture of heroic, yet destructive, battle scenes. Achilles’ shield symbolically represents the lives of human civilization in the ancient world and provides perspective on the entire war by implying that war constitutes as only one aspect of life. In addition, Homer provides a small…

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    atmospheres of his time and challenged the public’s acceptance of global political acts. His poem “The Shield of Achilles” presents a didactic message of the…

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    influence on their writing. In Auden’s Shield of Achilles (1952) and Bierce’s Chickamauga (1891), the two writers express their respective viewpoints on warfare. In these stories, Auden and Bierce articulate that a desire for glory drives nations and individuals to war, demonstrate their pessimistic views of the world, and show that the biggest loser in war is humanity and our world as a whole. Auden and Bierce share a belief that men are driven to destroy one another in war in order to…

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    William The Conqueror

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    the Crusades. I led the battles with help of knights, swords, shields, deadly bows and arrows, and cannons. Our cannons had extremely heavy ammo, as they could weigh a few hundred pounds! However, they were risky because random explosions happened fairly often. England was a Christian civilization. I lived in a great castle, but my people lived in villages, which ranged from 50-200 villagers. All of our framing took place in these villages. Our castles were unique. They were more like…

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    Shield In The Iliad

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    by Homer around 762 B.C. The protagonist, Achilles, plays a large role in the poem even though he is not physically in the war for much of the story. When he returns to the war, a shield is made for him to use in battle. This shield becomes of importance in the tale as Homer spends a whole section describing it. The shield of Achilles enlarges the meaning of the story because of the details depicted upon it. It is one of the most symbolic pieces used in the poem. Achilles used in his fight…

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    showcase the greatness that was to be a standard for being a great Roman hero in respect to Achilles and Aeneas through respect to Gods, duty to their country and loyalty to family. Although these characters were similar in their own respect, Virgil made a clear distention in the two using their personalities and different motivations. In comparing these characters, you will first find that both were demigods were one parent is a God and the other parent is a mortal. Achilles mother was the…

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    From the events that arise from battle to details as minute as the warrior’s outfit, there is a great deal of importance associated with all aspects of the war and it is shown immensely through semiotic meaning. Armor is amongst one of the most consequential symbols in the epic because it goes beyond the expectation of protection. In addition, the armor contains a mind of its own and even demonstrates betrayal when necessary. “The rest of his flesh seemed all encased in armor,/ burnished,…

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