Existentialism And Akhilleus : State Of Affairs

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Existentialism and Akhilleus’ State of Affairs in Homer’s Iliad Existentialism is a philosophy that deals with human existence. This philosophy is a complex subject that asks questions about life that include meaning, purpose, choice, morality, ideology, and individuality. When reading other texts one could easily make connections to existential themes within the book’s literary tropes. Occasionally, some books have an overloaded abundance of existential themes. Homer’s Iliad is one of the books that comprise of an abundance of existential themes. The Iliad is a Greek epic composed in dactylic hexameter. Homer created the poem in the Greek Bronze Age around c. 1194–1184 BCE. The story begins in the middle of the Trojan War. The Greeks attack Troy because Paris, who is the son of the King of Troy, seduced one of their leader’s wives. The Greeks have a large army compiled of leaders and soldiers from different city-states. These leaders include Akhilleus, Odysseus, Agamemnon, and Diomedes. The Greek’s main objective is to seize Troy and rescue Helen in the name of honor and justice. Akhilleus is a Greek soldier and a demigod with strength and agility that surpasses all humans. His mother is a sea goddess named Thetis. When he was an infant she dipped him in the river Styx, which separates the underworld from the Earth. Akhilleus receives enhanced capabilities from the river that include agility, strength, and keenness. When Thetis dipped him in the river she held him by his
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