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Journal 4 - Let’s take these two statements “He throws...

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In Book 14, Hektor has just been struck by a rock thrown from the Telemonian Aias and Homer describes the strength, fury, and horror in this act of vengeance by comparing the rock thrown to the vastness and greatness of Zeus. When I am reading the Iliad, it is all very interesting but when I come to a passage or a few lines that make a comparison, it helps me to realize size of scale of the scene taking place. Homer describes Hektor as going down “as a great oak goes down root-torn under Zeus father’s stroke” and “for the thunder stroke of Zeus is a hard thing”. This intrigues greatly for a particular reason. The strength of Aias throwing this massive rock was described like the power of Zeus, not the other way around. By relating it to Zeus and not Zeus being related to the rock, it shows the superiority of Zeus himself.
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Unformatted text preview: Let’s take these two statements: “He throws a baseball like Randy Johnson” and “Randy Johnson throws a ball like him”. The first statement defines who is great in their craft and does not lower the standard and greatness of Randy Johnson (or Zeus). If it is said the other way around, Randy Johnson is lowered in power and skill. By denoting that Zeus is most powerful and keeping him the “number one” there can be no mistake where the power is. When the audience is listening to this myth and hears it in the way that homer has described the scene and the comparison of the rock and Zeus, the audience is repeatedly aware of the fact that Zeus is supreme, omniscient and all-powerful. This fact is stated hundreds of times through Greek myth and this is just another example in a subtle way....
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