Character Changes In The Iliad To Troy

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Character Changes from The Iliad to Troy

Narratives need to have well-developed characters. As authors and translators do revisions and translations, they often change things in a piece, most often how the plot runs and how the characters act. Greek mythology has a strong idea of what makes a hero as well as certain ideals of honor and war. This essay will be looking at the character changes of Paris of Troy -- his cowardice, unmanliness, and lack of spirit -- through the novel The Iliad, by Homer, and the movie Troy, directed by Wolfgang Petersen. In The Iliad, by Homer, Paris is a coward. Throughout the novel, Hector -- Paris’ brother -- comments on how his brother could be better. Paris is looked down upon by everyone in his family
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In The Iliad, Paris is seen as unhonorable and unmanly. He runs from his problems and even Helen, who was gifted to him by Aphrodite, is ashamed to be seen with him. He is afraid of death, and would much rather be enjoying Helen than fighting alongside his people. Helen is repulsed by his unmanliness and self-centered behavior and tells Aphrodite such.
Not I, I’ll never go back again. It would be wrong,
Disgraceful to share that coward’s bed once more.
The women of Troy would scorn me down the years (Homer 142).
Helen and Aphrodite fight about Paris, how Helen feels disgraced and shamed to be seen around him. She claims the women would scorn her for sleeping with someone as pathetic as Paris, as he does not stand and fight and he is seen as the lesser prince if considered a prince at all. Aphrodite, who cherishes and favors Paris, claims he is honorable and manly, but only because he chose her as the most beautiful. Nonetheless, when it came down to it, Aphrodite would not leave Olympia to be with Paris either, he was simply not worth it. Through the rest of The Iliad, many characters point out how selfish and unmanly/unhonorable Paris is, and how he should be more like Hector and stand and fight. Paris lacks the spirit of battle that his comrades and brother possess. He is scorned for this but still feels no obligation or determination to change his attitude. Through the epic, Paris prefers to strut around the city flirting with girls and being just the
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