Film Vesus Text (Iliad and Odyssey)

Topics: Trojan War, Odyssey, Homer Pages: 2 (613 words) Published: May 8, 2013
“Film versus text: A comparative analysis of the great epic of Homer as adopted on different genre”.

Homer is an ancient Greek epic poet he is the author of the Iliad and The Odyssey and had a great influence on the history of literature. This two epics were adopted on different genre, whether in text or in film. They are known as the greatest epics and a major part of ancient history, especially in the ancient Greece. Because of their popularity film makers create ‘Troy’ and ‘The Odyssey’ that came from Homer’s epics ‘The Iliad’ and ‘The Odyssey’.

Iliad is come from the word ‘Ilios’ means Ilium or Troy, so the film was entitled ‘Troy’. In the film it starts with the conflict between Troy and Sparta, because Paris has fallen in love with Helen, the wife of Menelaus and takes her to Troy. But in the text The Iliad it started in the wedding feast were all gods and goddesses are invited except Eris, But Eris still attend the wedding and rolls among the guest a golden apple ‘to the fairest’. But Athena, Hera, and Aphrodite all claim the apple, so they ask Zeus to decide who should get the apple. But Zeus refuses to decide and give Paris authority to decide who will get the apple. Paris awards the golden apple to Aphrodite, because she promises him the most beautiful woman in the world. This shows that there are differences between the film and the text, which may affect the film to be satisfying or unsatisfying to the viewers. It is because Iliad is one of history’s greatest epic, the film makers must be very careful in removing or adding scenes that will affect the story of the film. In the film Troy there’s no gods and goddesses present physically in the film, though they are involve in character’s conversation. But in the text the gods and goddesses are involve with the characters especially in the fight between Hector and Achilles. The movie Troy sometimes focuses on Achilles, the can be unfair with the text and also to the viewers who knows Homer’s Iliad...
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