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The Iliad Essay Prompt 1. Complete one take home essay. Provide textual evidence, specific lines and incidents from The Iliad that proves your thesis. You may also draw from The Odyssey. Use in text parenthetical documentation according to MLA standards. The style guide that many colleges use is DianaHacker.com. We will use this style guide for both MLA format and grammar and mechanics. If you have any questions about MLA format, refer to DianaHacker.com. This paper needs to read as an in class write that has been taken home, revised once and computer generated: double spaced, 12 point, three pages minimum, four pages maximum. ( see page three of this document, AP Literature and Composition Draft Requirements) Choose ONE of…show more content…
20. Character of Helen: How does Homer portray Helen as complex, tragic character. 21. Character of Hector: Next to Achilles, Hector is the leading character of The Iliad. Discuss his personality and his code of living, and show how Homer attempts to make him a sympathetic character. 22. Character of Diomedes: How does Homer portray Diomedes? How does his aggressiveness toward the gods in battle reveal any larger theme of the Iliad? 23. Hector/Andromache Scene: Describe the Hector/Andromache scene in Book VI and discuss how it shows the literary genius of Homer. Consider archetypal concern with choosing between love or duty. 24. Book XVII shows Zeus pitying Sarpedon, Hector, and Achilles’ horses. What purpose do you think is served by this? Why do we see Zeus feeling more pity here than elsewhere in the Iliad? 25. Theme: “Wisdom through Suffering” may be said to be one of the leading themes of The Iliad. Discuss this theme and cite several examples (you may cite “The Book of Job,” if you do so sparingly). 26. Death and immortality: Do the Homeric heroes look upon death as something to be desired? What sort of immortality, if any, do they anticipate? How do these beliefs affect their attitude toward life? Cite several examples to defend you case. 27. Death and Beauty: What is the felling about the treatment of the bodies of fallen comrades? How is this related (1) to the Greek idea of beauty and (2)
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