Unformatted text preview: believes he is fighting Menelaus to the death, he does not know that Aphrodite will intervene in the battle and save him. Homer uses dramatic irony to help build the climax of the story. If the characters know what is going to happen to them then they would not have the anticipation to fight. For example, if Menelaus knew Aphrodite is going to come and save Paris, then what is the point for him to fight Paris. Paris would be save no matter what because Aphrodite is there to rescue Paris when he tries to kill him. Without the characters knowing, they think they are fighting fairly, but to readers they are not. Dramatic irony also plays another role in Homer writing, it helps to build up the story because if Menelaus succeeds to kill Paris, then the war will be over and Achaeans will win and on their way home and the story will end....
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- Spring '10
- Menelaus, Chien Chiu Hsiung, CC1.1- Classical Cultures