Simone Weil,Nietchze And The Iliad

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Mert Yücesoy 53110168702 SIMONE WEIL, NIETZSCHE AND THE ILIAD The Iliad is one of the most famous epic stories in the world. This work of art includes a lot of opinions and ideas about civilization, human life. Philosophers have many different opinions about the ideas which the Iliad acquires and there are some essays written as the evaluation of the Iliad. Simone Weil, a French philosopher and activist, wrote an essay about the Iliad which is called “The Iliad or The Poem of Force”. In her essay, Simone Weil’s evaluation of the Iliad has some valid points according to the passages in the Iliad. Also Nietzsche wrote his evaluation of the Iliad(actually the Homeric World) in which he points out some really interesting ideas evaluated from the Iliad, he explains the main ideas of the Hellenic notion and he compares some famous Greek stories in order to express us his ideas about the Homeric world. Both of these essays have some valid points about the Iliad but they are both partially true because they also include wrong ideas according to the Iliad. If we are to start with Simone Weil’s opening statement of her essay which is "The true hero, the true subject matter, the center of the Iliad is force." She points out some valid points such as; a lot of detailed death descriptions on the battlefield, the focus on the flying body parts which help us to picture the death in our minds, showing us the power of the force which can reduce human beings into simple things; the interesting explanations and descriptions of war victims in order to show us that this reduction of human beings to things can apply to the living. With these observations, Weil provides a powerful statement to any reading of the Iliad that sees it as a celebration of warfare or glorification of the victorious Greeks. However in the last few pages of her essay, she floats free
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