the iliad short paper

the iliad short paper - Jason Mull 09-10 Exercise 2Writing...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Jason Mull 2- 09-10 Writing Exercise Book Five of the Iliad is the first to dedicate itself exclusively to the description of battle, spurred by the pull of Pandarus’ bow, which acts to light the fuse battle. Peace is violently ruptured by the chaos of war. It is here, in Book Five , that the difference between man and god’s experience and perspective is first made most explicit. The wounds of Aphrodite and Ares heal quickly, and, beyond some mild discomfort, the gods are exempt from the ultimate consequence of courageous action: death. No matter what they do, however reckless, the gods will continue to survive. Therefore, only mortal men can show true dignity and courageousness, seeing as only they are capable of sacrificing their life. While the gods fight their mock battles and bicker amongst themselves for eternity, hundreds of thousands of human beings suffer, not only excruciating physical pain, but inevitably death; the unbiased extinguisher of the human personality. Throughout the poem, the armies are often described as a sort of conglomerate mass; a great flood of human beings. In these “bird-eye-view” descriptions of the armies as a whole, the
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Page1 / 3

the iliad short paper - Jason Mull 09-10 Exercise 2Writing...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online