Ajax - Menelaus in a way is symbolic of Ajax killing...

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Ajax Basileus o It means “king” or “chieftain.” o They didn’t have total control over their men. o Agamemnon, Menelaus, Ajax, Achilles, Odysseus, Sarpedon, etc. They are part of a confederacy to get Helen back. Paris of Troy o The Golden Apple that Eris set out to cause problems between the gods is found by him after Zeus drops it off of Mount Olympus. o He gives it to Aphrodite in return for love (Helen). o He breaks the idea of xenia when he visits Menelaus by taking gold and Helen. Warrior Code o One is to make sure that his men receive their share of spoils from war. Athena o She tricks Ajax into thinking that the livestock he is killing are Agamemnon, Menelaus, and Odysseus. Ajax o The armor of Achilles was given to Odysseus over him, which is at the center of the cause of his anger. o Probitas It refers to an upright warrior. o Kleos It means “renown.” Songs were made about these heroes for their feats in battle. o His breaking of the warrior code by “killing” Odysseus, Agamemnon, and
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Unformatted text preview: Menelaus in a way is symbolic of Ajax killing himself. o Once he realizes that he has killed the livestock and the madness is lifted, he has an existential death. o Anagnorisis He realizes that he has killed the livestock and recognizes that he has died because of his actions. o Akrasia He errs willingly because he consciously tries to kill Agamemnon, Menelaus, and Odysseus. o He redeems himself by killing himself with Hectors sword, which is symbolic of him having died at the hands of Hector. He symbolically becomes the sword. o Imperative Ajax commits suicide in order to redeem himself and preserve his time and kleos. o Impulse Tecmessa and his child are his obligation, and they present an alternate reason for which to survive. o Odysseus He argues that Ajax, regardless of how much he hated him, still deserves a proper burial....
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This note was uploaded on 09/29/2011 for the course CLST 271 taught by Professor Shelko during the Fall '11 term at Loyola Chicago.

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