life. Not only is this message similar, it shows the motivation which drives Achilles in the Trojan War, that he wishes to be remembered, for great glory. These two similarities help connect the audience with the film as it concedes with its roots within the epic poem the Iliad which some may already be familiar with. It also provides part of the backbone to the plot within both texts which involve Achilles battle for glory which will last forever. Messages conveyed In Homer's Iliad, Homer shows his views on heroes, villains, and war. He shows that heroes have great qualities to them and that villains have evil qualities to them. He also shows that even heroes have villainous qualities. Homer also tries to convey that all warriors have a choice between a life of war and a life of peace. This is an extract from an essay from and it shows what i believe to be valid remarks about the messages conveyed within the Iliad and i would like to expand on these messages. This essay mentions that every warrior has a choice between war and peace, and i agree on this which is shown from the Iliad. A perfect example of this is for Achilles. Achilles is given the choice of peace or war when his mother Thetis tells him his fate, of glory from sailing to troy but a short life, or staying home to live a long life with a family yet his name will be forgotten within a few generations. This is a very clear example of Homer's which shows that even if Achilles is displayed in the light of a villain, he is still offered the choice between war and peace. that Achilles whom is very obviously devoted to war and lives for war so that he may gain glory and be remembered is a very clear example of this theme which every warrior is given the choice since it could be assumed that by now if Achilles has already made this choice then he is given a final chance to redeem himself for his past actions which is given by his mother with what would happen if he was to sail for troy. Homer conveys a message of that even the greatest man has his downfall, which can be changed to no matter how great a man is, he has a flaw within him which defiles the man so that he cannot be perfect. This is shown very clearly (as the essay says) of when Hector flees from Achilles whom is hell bent on killing Hector. Like a dream in which a man cannot catch someone who's running off and the other can't escape, just as the first man can't catch up—that's how
Achilles, for all his speed, could not reach Hector, while Hector was unable to evade Achilles. (22.247) [22.199] However this theme is a bit more obscure as the defining elements of a "great man" changes from time to time and therefore what today may be seen as a flaw could have been when this was written considered a brilliant trait, and vice versa. An example of this is Hector fleeing (in my own opinion), I see it this way because Hector has been displayed as a loving father and family man, so Hector may have been trying to
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- Winter '08
- Angelo Mauricio
- shownthat Beowulf