Essay on A Review of the Movie Troy

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With its beautiful actors, breathtaking scenery and costumes, the movie Troy is a movie for Hollywood that is sure to be a box office hit. Troy, based on the Iliad, has proven to be a very loose adaptation of Homer's classic and one cannot help noticing the major differences between the book and the movie.

One of the most noticeable differences between the book and the movie is the absence of the Gods. In Homer's Iliad, the Gods played a major part in the Trojan War. Though the viewers are made aware that the characters believe in the Gods, the only God we see in the movie is Thetis, Achilles' mother. The omission of the Gods from the movie may give the audience a chance to view the characters more believable, however by omitting
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We see in both the book and the movie that Agamemnon's motives are purely selfish. He does not want to fight this war to get Helen back from his brother; he wants the city of Troy for himself.

Another difference between the Iliad and Troy is the history between Achilles and King Agamemnon. The viewer is made aware that Achilles does not want to fight the Trojans for Agamemnon. He feels that Agamemnon wants to fight this war for greed and not honor. In the Iliad, there is more to Achilles reluctance to fight for the greedy King. Agamemnon has stolen Briseis from Achilles and because of this, Achilles shows nothing but contempt for the King. The movie does not introduce Briseis until later in the story when she is taken as a prisoner by the Spartans and given to Achilles for his enjoyment. The viewer soon realizes that Achilles does not want to use Briseis and that he is falling in love with her. She is a strong woman quite capable of protecting herself. We see later in the movie when Briseis kills Agamemnon (who, by the way, does not die in the Iliad).

The character of Prince Paris was made more likeable in the movie. The scene where he fights Melelaus for Helen shows in both the Iliad and in Troy that Paris does not fight to the death. Although the Iliad tells us that Aphrodite rescues him and in the movie, he just backs away. The point is that in the movie, we see Helen glad that Paris

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