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Unformatted text preview: warriors reason to fight because the seven against Thebes never speak during the play. It is essential that the audience has some way of knowing why each of the soldiers is fighting for but it also tells what the Theban soldiers are fighting against. For example, Parthenopaios has an image of the Sphinx on his shield- this is what the Theban soldiers do not want. On the shields for the fighters of Thebes, it is important to note that these are the same gods we encountered during The Iliad, another war-driven play. Just like in the Iliad and how the shield of Achilles describes the way of life (the world of the poet), in this play it does the same, except in this case, what it is describing is how people should act towards the gods and in society. For example, Polyphontes, killer of many, with his shield of Athena, has courage in battle and in life- this is what every Greek citizen should have too....
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- Fall '07
- The Iliad, War, Shield of Achilles