Lecture 12 - Book 24 Books 24 from both the Iliad and the...

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Book 24 Books 24 from both the Iliad and the Odyssey stand out Book 24 in the Iliad is about pity when the rest is pitiless. The form of the Iliad is clearer than the form of the Odyssey in that the wrath theme is relinquished in book 19, when Achilles decides to go back into battle, and the second form of the wrath theme, relinquished in book 23 when he kills Hector and then at the funeral of Patroclus, he realizes what death really is. The death of Patroclus is the beginning by which the poem attempts to accommodate death into the scheme of things, into the larger scheme of things. The funeral removes Patroclus formally and socially by giving the soul passage. Achilles gets his freedom to move with his fellow Greeks. In keeping with the envelope structure, there is a parallel to the catalogue. The poem begins to end with a focus on symmetry. This shouldn’t make the reader forget the important aspect of pity for human nature. Achilles is a figure of relentless wrath and then it becomes sorrow for his friend’s death
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course VIC 201 taught by Professor Julianpatrick during the Fall '10 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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Lecture 12 - Book 24 Books 24 from both the Iliad and the...

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