Throughout the epic, violence is evident in the actions and the decision making of the characters in order to obtain peace. The battles and suicides throughout the story are prevalent and gruesome, while moments of peace are minor and fleeting. The characters, whether man or god, result to violence as a primary way to manage their problems. Aeneas is strong, heroic, and seems calm; however, he does not receive true peace and calmness until he has killed his enemy, Turnus, to end the battle and avenge his friend, Pallas. Nonetheless, Aeneas is a noble character who overcomes bad odds and embodies Roman ideals, including violence.
The poem 's diction keeps emphasizing on death and the horrors of it which is intense. The era that this poem was written in influenced the tone because at that time no matter if the battle is won or lost the soldiers who sacrificed themselves should be honored no matter what, and should be acknowledged. In Mary Borden’s The Song of The Mud, the tone is sarcastic and ironic but still gruesome about war and going into the wars, the title of this poem is a great example of how ironic Mary is about war; in this title the reader would infer “song” is joyful and positive but then “mud” is negative and unpleasant.
Traditional epic literature tells stories of legendary heroes and their journeys both physical and psychological. Homer’s ‘Iliad’ and the Anglo-Saxon ‘Beowulf’ both contain heroes who follow the hero’s journey. The Iliad is set in Bronze Age Greece and is commonly attributed to the blind poet Homer. In this period, Gods and Goddesses graced the earth serving as inspiration for the mortal man to model himself on and achieve excellence on Earth. Victory in war was the pinnacle of glory and consequently, the aspiration of many heroes.
The film and epic poem Beowulf may seem alike because of their similar plots and characters, but when looked at deeper, it is clear that their cultural differences set them apart. Traditionally, epic poems are lengthy stories that praise the deeds of heroic warriors whilst reflecting the brutal reality of life. They expressed cultural pride and teachings, while telling everyone that we are hopeless in the hands of fate; that all human ambition ends in death. In our modern world today, movies are made to entertain, but more importantly to sell and make a profit.
The epic poem, The Iliad written by Homer shows the conflicts and events that occurred between the Greeks and Trojans during the Trojan War. Among both sides there are warriors who follow a distinct code, known as the heroic code. This Heroic code helps portray the characteristics of the warriors and their perspective on war. This distinct code is composed of many elements such as arete, acceptance of fate, honour, excellence in war, leadership, courage and power. These traits are shown within the main warriors, Hector and Achilles throughout the epic war poem and helps to guide their decisions.
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.
Winston Churchill once said: “All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.” The Greek tragedy Antigone by Sophocles depicts this message through the use of a tragic hero. Tragic heroes are excellent examples of people who have become wiser through their struggling, and they can be used to teach others how to do the same, even in modern society. Sophocles develops the tragic hero Creon to be a very human character with wise intentions, but one who has too much pride, which ultimately leads to his downfall. However, this tragedy alerts Creon of his personality flaw, so that he can change for the better, and assure that others will not fall down his path.
Puny am I... How do you like the beating that we gave you, you damned cannibal?” ( Homer 171 ll.388-341). Odysseus gloating represent that even though, he’s hero, he’s still arrogant and impulsive even after the deaths of his men. His victory over Polyphemus is a very good and honorable thing but some might consider him to be no difference to the Cyclops whom he called “monstar” , when he’s
Heroism in literature is defined as, “a person who combats through feats of ingenuity, bravery or strength, often sacrificing their personal concerns for some greater good.” Antigone and Socrates both exemplified this definition of heroism. Antigone was willing to die for her brother’s honor. Although the laws in Thebes forbade anyone to grieve over her brother Polynices, Antigone went above and beyond to make sure that her family name did not die in vain. When Socrates went on trial, he knew he was the most intelligent man in the room.
In epic Greek poems, gods have a major influence in the overall storyline and the Odyssey is no exception. The gods and goddesses constantly are appearing sometimes in a disguised form, but all nonetheless crafting the scenes to their accord so that they may offer gratitude for the mortal’s loyalty or to gain revenge for their disloyalty. Not only do they alter events, but people also alter their actions while keeping the appeasement of gods in mind. By paying respect to the gods, the characters express much more than a simple gesture of reverence; instead, it is also a way of showing compassion for something other than themselves. Odysseus strategically exploits his devotion to the gods in various scenes in a way to improve his own character