Troy Vs. The Iliad

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Homer’s “The Iliad,” is one of the greatest epic poems of all time because of its perceptive portrayal of man and its epic account of war, duty, honor, and revenge. Finally, this glorifying epic poem comes to life with Wolfgang Petersen’s “Troy”. As “Troy” emerges, we will see if Wolfgang was successful in recreating one of the best lived Homeric poems. The “Iliad” and “Troy”, both tell the story of a war between Troy, who was the Trojans, Greece, who were the Achaeans. Both, the poem and the film, set the cause of the war over Menelaus’ wife Helen. Menelaus was the brother of Agamemnon, king of Greece. Helen ran off with Paris, a prince of Troy, and because Menelaus was King Agamemnon’s brother they set off to destroy Troy and reclaim his wife. The war was not merely the dilemma. The feud between Agamemnon and Achilles, the greatest of the Greek warriors, was depicted at the beginning of both works and was very important in creating the epic hero. Since Achilles despised Agamemnon, he refused to fight the Trojans and join the war, which resulted in many deaths among the Greeks (Spark Notes: The Iliad). Achilles rage towards Agamemnon swifts towards the Trojans when Patroclus is killed by Hector; the mightiest Trojan warrior. In the poem, Patroclus is Achilles’ friend, but in the movie, he is Achilles’ cousin. Even though the bond between a family member is usually closer than a bond between a friend, the bond depicted through both works was notably the same; strong, close, and loving. Patroclus cannot stand around any longer and watch his fellowmen get slaughtered by the Trojans, so he begs Achilles to let him fight. Achilles agrees to let him defend his country and gives him his very own armor to wear in battle (Brad Pitt). The killing of Patroclus, by the hands of Hector, is depicted differently in the movie. In the movie, Hector
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