Journal 1

Journal 1 - confide, and to believe what she says and...

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In the first four books of The Iliad, foreshadowing plays a pertinent role in many lines of dialogue concerning the events of the Trojan War. The first two instances of foreshadowing occur early in the first book, both concerning the end of Agamemnon’s life and his defeat at the Trojan War. In Book 1, line 205 Hera sends down Athene to comfort the dishonored Achilleus and tells him that the “arrogance” of Agamemnon will eventually take the life out of his body. In addition in Book 1, lines 233-244, Achilleus makes an oath to Agamemnon saying that he will enter into the war and defeat the Achaians. By Athene coming to the aid of a mortal, she shows the audience that there is a relation among mortals and gods. She, herself, comes in physical form, allowing herself to connect and communicate with Achilleus on the same level. In a way, she becomes less of a god just to help the physical world which leads Achilleus to trust,
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Unformatted text preview: confide, and to believe what she says and listen to her comfort. Contrary to this, Achilleus becomes more powerful in his character by making the oath to Agamemnon. He is already seen as more than a mortal because of his past actions but not like a true god. By making this oath, he emphasizes this feature about himself and shows the audience that mortals, too, can increase their prestige among other mortals and gods. With more relevance to the statements themselves, the foreshadowing provides a way for the audience to connect all the events together in order to see how events will really turn out. In the end, they are true, but until the end is heard by the people, they are only able to create the events in their mind. I feel that foreshadowing gives the audience a more interactive role in the telling of The Iliad because they can find meaning to the statements and apply them to the rest of the story....
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This note was uploaded on 05/31/2011 for the course CLAS 131 taught by Professor James during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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