Analysis Of Homer 's The Iliad

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Homer’s the Iliad is a tale of war and aggression (Puchner 183). Written in the 8th century, it remains relevant to society today. The basis of the Iliad, warfare, brings with it portrayals of death, grief, and the real problem with humankind: we are not peaceful beings. In a war-ridden world, these topics remain pertinent to society. These terrors of war showcased in the Iliad generate an anti-war message. With this said, Homer creates a timeless lesson against war with his work. While the Iliad has been around for centuries, humankind has yet to learn from Homer’s anti-war message. War has been an unfortunate part of humans’ history from the beginning, and it remains to be a problem today, and with war comes death. In the Iliad, “death resonates with images occurring throughout the poem” (Neal 22). Homer’s graphic depictions of death are to show the results of war. The killing of Sarpedon is just one example of this brutality; “Patroclus came back, leaning into his throw, and the bronze point caught Sarpedon just below the rib cage where it protects the heart” (Homer 16.513-15). Another example is the killing of Patroclus, “He muscled his way through him and rammed his spearhead into the pit of his belly and all the way through” (Homer 16.859-861). Finally, the killing of Hector is the most horrific example of brutality; “The heavy bronze apex pierced the soft neck but did not slit the windpipe, so that Hector could speak still” (Hector 22.359-361). Hector’s death is…

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