Comp Lit 04.23.09 - ComparativeLiterature04/23/09...

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Comparative Literature 04/23/09 From Anger to Pity 1. Recall Ring Composition a. Agamemnon rejects supplication of Chryses (beginning); Priam supplicates Achilles (end) b. Wrath of Apollo because Chryses rejected (beginning); Apollo sets things in motion because  angry of defilement of Hektor’s body (end). c. Dream Agamemnon; dream of Achilles d. Catalogue of ships (2); catalogue of funeral games (23) e. Formulaic scenes--repeating at beginning and end (circle) 2. Book 23 a. Funeral on huge scale. i. Achilles dedicates lock of hair (realizes that he is not going back to homeland--originally  spoke of bringing the lock of hair home) ii. Cattle, jars oil and honey, four horses, dogs, and 12 Trojans iii. Role of winds 1. Messenger Iris fetches gods (intervention) iv. Highly emotional moment Il 23.217 1. Simile comparing Achilles to father mourning son.  2. Reflects Priam grieving loss of Hektor 3. Emphasizes the grief of Achilles because compares father to son. 4. Foreshadows and helps understand how Achilles then can pity and empathize  with Priam in 24. 5. “who has married only now”--Hektor is young also a. All heroes who died young, at the peak of their life, the beautiful death. b.
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2009 for the course COMP LIT 211-0 taught by Professor Hopman during the Spring '09 term at Northwestern.

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