Paper 1 - Hsiung Chien Chiu Hsiung CC1.1 Classical Cultures...

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Hsiung Chien Chiu Hsiung CC1.1- Classical Cultures Prof. McDonnell March 24, 2010 Does the Iliad glorify war? The Iliad does not glorify war because the Trojan War brought agony and death to many Achaeans and Trojans. The decade long war could have been avoided if Helen went back to Menelaus. Hector resents his brother for buying the war upon Troy and his family. To glorify means to honor or give to praise and clearly the war in this poem is not honor or praised. Although the war gave brave warriors honor for putting their lives on the line, they are hurt by the war one way or another. In the Iliad war was not glorified because it was a pointless war which neither side seems to be winning. The Trojan War has been going on for decade and it caused suffering and deaths of innocent lives from both the Trojans and Achaeans. Clearly, the war should be blamed on Paris because of him being selfish and his unwilling to give up Helen, innocent lives have been lost through his actions. The war that he created even killed his own brother and his comrades. Much of the blame should also be on Helen because she chose to stay with Paris. This ruthless war brought nothing, but suffering to the Argives. The Trojan War kept many Achaean men away from their home for many years and endured deadly plague from Apollo. The Trojans also suffered costly because they lost villages, women, and great warriors. The war also divided many Gods and created a rivalry against each other. In addition, both sides faced the same consequences which resulted in countless losses of
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