The purpose of this essay is to answer the question of how accurate the Hollywood movie, Troy, really was and whether it portrayed Homer’s tragic, charming side of the story or the predicted historical side. Troy is precise in its portrayal of the setting and the intensity of the Trojan war. Nevertheless, the reason to why the war occurred has many believable theories. The story was written by a very famous Greek writer and poet, Homer, the author of the well-known Iliad and Odyssey. The source of the Movie Troy came from the Iliad, an epic poem written by Homer around 800 B.C., despite that the actual war occurred 400 years before.
The book of Esther appears as a historical book in the Hebrew Bible. Set in the city of Susa, during the Persian empire, the story of Esther portrays the literary convention of a Jew in a foreign court. Esther, the heroine, saves her people from destruction and creates the origin for the holiday, Purim. The lack of divine intervention in this book raises many questions, especially the inclusion of it canonicity. Many aspects of the story, point to the idea that the story of Esther began as a Babylonian narrative that was adopted into the Hebrew Bible.
OVERARCHING THEMES Though The Odyssey and Paradise Lost are penned during completely separate time periods–with a span of roughly nine centuries between the writing of each–the two works still share many similar themes and subject matters. Some are more vital components for the genre in general, necessary for a piece of literature to be considered an epic; others remain less conspicuous, though with just as great an impact on the overall story. Heroism and the Hero’s Journey: One of the most defining elements of an epic work is the presence of the Hero’s Journey, also known as the monomyth. Introduced by Joseph Campbell, the Hero’s Journey describes the typical narrative pattern that accompanies many forms of storytelling, most commonly and most easily seen in classical literature. “The standard path of the
Horace, an ancient Roman poet from around 50 BC (Coolidge 90), is quoted on saying “Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.” Now while Horace was very intelligent, and this quote seems to be correct, there are also numerous occasions in which adversity has brought about the inverse reaction. Throughout history, adversity has repeated both of the effects many times, such as: in Horace’s life, the biblical story of Joseph, the War of 1812, during the Great Depression and throughout World War II.
Within Homer’s epic poem The Iliad, a plethora of formal literary features are prevalent throughout. Features such as characterization, imagery, and dialogue all have a variety of impacts on the content of The Iliad, but none as much as foreshadowing. Foreshadowing occurs frequently throughout the poem, with several noteworthy events having been alluded to prior to their occurrence. Foreshadowing in The Iliad plays many roles, with its most significant being its allusion to fate. Fate plays a profound role in Homer’s epic and is one of its central themes.
Tolkien, a linguist before an author, was quoted saying that “Nobody believes me when I say that my long book (LOTR) is an attempt to create a world in which a form of language agreeable to my personal aesthetic might seem real, […] it was an effort to create a situation in which a common greeting would be elen sila lumenn omentielmo (Carpenter 264-265)”. Over the course of his lifetime, Tolkien created several different languages, such as Elvish (including Quenya and Sindarin), Dwarvish, Black Speech, and Entish. It seems that in Tolkien’s eyes, language was the beginning of a culture rather than only a product of it. Tolkien wrote that “The invention of languages is the foundation,” the ‘stories’ were made rather to fit the notion of the languages than the reverse.” In Lord of the Rings, Tolkien created Middle-earth as a world for his invented language [...]. Each invented language in his works plays an important role in the evolution of events and development of the characters in the story.
The Epic of Gilgamesh, is a Mesopotamian narrative poem which was first told orally in Sumer. It has many different versions,but all have many missing lines. And it talks about Gilgamesh. But who is Gilgamesh? Gilgamesh was the best known of all Mesopotamian heroes.
Ayşenur Aydın Res. Asst. Ali Belenli IED 272 English Prose and Poetry 07.05.2015 Arthurian Romances Since his first appearence in fifth and early sixth century A.D., King Arthur inspired many authors, many literary works. Yet, there are many doubts that he really lived. This question is quite debatable and the answer couldn 't be enough to be sure.
The Epic of Gilgamesh is a poem written in 2000 B.C. whereas the Ark of Noah was written around 400 B.C. Both stories discuss about the historical great flood which whipped a human races from the earth. The stories were written in to two difference places and era; though they have a lot in common and quiet few differences. Consequently, according to the book of the Epic OF Gilgamesh and The Ark of Noah, the similarities between those two stories is more momentous than their differences.