Aeneas, captain of the Trojans tells one of his soldiers in battler “[n]o talk of turning for home! No talk of turning the tide” until their enemies are defeated.During his reprimand of Thersites, Odysseus admits that he does no know how long the war will last nor how it will end. To many readers, this war appearers trivial and insesent, but none of that matters to a Homeric hero. What matters to these men is honor and glory, both of which can be attained by following the martial
Madison McDonald Dr. Travis Montgomery ENGL 2213-02 16 March 2018 Violence in The Aeneid The Aeneid is bursting with violent acts from the beginning to the end. The main character, Aeneas, constantly faces conflict from both humans and gods. Aeneas is a Trojan hero and prince who embodies pietas, driven by duty, honor, and devotion, which makes him an example of an ideal Roman citizen. Aeneas was called by the gods and determined to be a successful founder of Rome, but he faced complications along the journey. In each conflict along the way, Aeneas dealt with fighting and violence and could not find peace until the end.
The Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens is truly a war like no other, pitting the two great super-powers of Greece against each other. When one looks at the resources and the experiences of both Sparta and Athens, it seems almost certain that Athens would come out victorious. However this would not be Athens’ outcome. To great Athenian surprise, the Spartans emerged victorious in 404 BC. There are many factors and intricacies that led to a Spartan victory.
He also finds peace by fighting his own private war growing up. Alton states,” In the end , inner peace is achieved only after fighting one’s own, private war growing up. In this sense the war is symbolic also of inner struggle from adolescence to maturity”. Gene acknowledges that his real enemy is himself and that he caused all his vicious acts because of his envy, hatred, and fear of growing up. After fifteen years, Gene realizes that the problem was not Finny but himself, and he discovers his peace and happiness now that he has fought his war.
The Iliad by Homer The Iliad was a really good representation of the chaotic war-torn times of the area surrounding the Mediterranean Sea; this includes the countries Rome and Greece. It was a time where nations were trying to expand their power and influence and warriors were claiming their spoils of war. I mean the beginning of book I of The Iliad, Achilles and Agamemnon are arguing over the rewards and the spoils of war. Agamemnon didn’t want to give up his prize girl Chryses in order to please the God Apollo and stop the plague and the rain of arrow falling from Olympus. However, in the end Agamemnon took Achilles’ girl, Briseis, which really hurt Achilles in the end.
Beowulf and Achilles are similar but different in quite a few different ways. In the story of Beowulf, Beowulf is selfless, he cares about his friends and family more than himself. While fighting against fate Beowulf refuses to accept defeat. Achilles only cares about himself and the image he puts out there about himself. Both are similar by the passion they have for battle and numerous other events.
Throughout ancient literature, the authors and poets of the time depict their characters in multiple different ways. While some depict their characters as flawed individuals, others paint their characters as perfect, god-like beings who can do no wrong. In no story are the lines between perfect and flawed more skewed than in Virgil’s Aeneid. Virgil shows Aeneas as the perfect hero - the hero destined by the gods to bring the Trojans to Italy, and who fulfills his duty to his people, the gods, and his family before himself. However, due to Aeneas’s human feelings shown many times during the epic, Virgil portrays Aeneas as a flawed character in his grand Roman epic, The Aeneid.
In the story of the Odyssey, Odysseus is a hero that goes through numerous obstacles in order to reclaim his family and throne. Odysseus had to fight many monsters and complete countless tasks in order to finally achieve his goal. In Greek myths, this is a very well known form of a story told by many ancient Greek poets called epic poems. In these tales, there are intense adventures with heroic deeds and events that are significant to their culture told in a narrative poem. The Odyssey is a Greek myth, showing clear signs of an epic poem because of the invocation of the muse, beginning in medias res, and a larger than life hero.
However if those strangers are warriors and they want to either take his kingdom or take his food and wealth, then Odysseus will show no mercy to them and end their lives right then and there. A hero never does something like that, but Odysseus does. Yet Odysseus does thinks of others; his crew, his family, his people in Ithaca, and the people he has met during his journeys out to war and back from war. And in return, those people give him kindness and helps him find a way to his final destination. Odysseus is also acutely aware of his surroundings especially for an illusion, for example, the island with the sirens singing.
Throughout human history, war has been a common solution to settle conflict or disagreements between people. War has and will always be apart of this world, because no matter how much death it causes humans will never change. Some people have come to see the idiocy in war and have even written about it in poems, short stories, etc. One of these people, Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, has mocked this absurd and pointless practice. Twain’s essay The War Prayer satirizes the customs of praying for safety and victory in war and for equating war with patriotism.
When one usually visualizes war, they imagine their army storming into battle with their flags raised high. They envision their troops easily overpowering the other size with as little casualties as possible. They believe in these powerful men and women to defend their country and honor successfully. Although they envision these powerful thoughts, most do realize that was is an ugly, horrendous thing. What they do not realize is that the people who stayed home in the comfort of their homes are sheltered from the worst of the situation.