Judgment_of_Paris_ - Brian Gumz EID Brg525 Final Exam Essay...

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Brian Gumz EID: Brg525 Final Exam Essay: Paris Prince Paris of Troy often takes blame for beginning the Trojan War with his initial bad decision in the Judgment of Paris. To satisfy his raging lust, many believe he sacrificed his own greatness and the greatness of his city. My Athenian tragedy Paris offers a different telling of the Judgment of Paris. Instead of vilifying the young prince, Paris sympathizes with him and his ultimate decision. Additionally, the play constructs moral dilemmas for young Paris which mirror issues found in other ancient Greek literature. My ideas for this newly envisioned Judgment of Paris stem from works by other Athenian tragedians and the great epics of Homer. The tragedy Paris utilizes these themes from other authors to weave a compelling and account of the Judgment of Paris and a sympathetic take on the young man’s precarious situation. The tragedy Paris takes place at the wedding of Thetis, an event attended by many of the gods. Included in the number are Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite. Paris attends as well, along with a Chorus of Nymphs. One of the few not invited is Eris, the goddess of discord. She opens the play and relates her vengeful scheme to the audience. A scene later she carries out her plan and rolls a golden apple at the feet of Athena, Hera and Aphrodite. Attached to the apple reads a message: to the fairest . All three goddesses argue for ownership of the apple until Hera finally suggests that the matter be handled by Zeus and runs off to consult him. She returns without Zeus’ decision but dragging along a befuddled looking Paris, who Zeus has selected to oversee the matter. The three goddesses then each offer Paris a gift should he choose them. Athena offers a Trojan victory of Greece, Hera, the dominion of all Europe and Asia, and Aphrodite, the love of the most beautiful woman in the world. After much deliberation Paris chooses Aphrodite and her gift of the most beautiful woman. The other two goddesses retort angrily. Hera deems that
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instead of gaining territory, Paris will lose his kingdom. Athena promises that instead of a Trojan victory over Greece, the opposite will occur. The tragedy ends with a long speech from the chorus foretelling of the horrible war to come and the doom of the Troy.
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