Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Iliad '

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A truly talented storyteller must be able to craft his or her tale in various ways. A proficient writer can present the same literary tool in differing forms, and thereby entertain his audience despite the fact that he may be telling repetitive ideas. Yet, such a writer will connect these ideas in subtle ways, so as to create a unity in his tale. Homer was a writer who performed this feat throughout the entirety of the Iliad and showed his unique ability to weave a tale full of similes that both enhanced and unified his story. Although Homer used a variety of subjects in his similes, and many of them had a common thread. Homer’s unique ability was to create a tale so descriptive that the listener was able to fully immerse him or herself into the story. His usage of similes magnified this ability. Homer focused on the common characteristic of nature, through the connecting characteristics of zoology, meteorology, and botany. His details and vibrant vocabulary allowed the reader to fully see what he wished to convey. The characteristic of nature was common among his revisited themes. Nature was a recognizable and relatable topic in Grecian life. Since similes often depend on understanding the relation between the vehicle and tenor, a recognizable theme such as nature would be easily conveyed. The idea of Diomedes’ rage was first shown when Athena blessed him with power, “She set the man ablaze, his shield and helmet flaming, with tireless fire like the star…

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