Film vs. Text: a Comparative Analysis of Homer’s Epics

Topics: Iliad, Trojan War, Achilles Pages: 2 (871 words) Published: November 17, 2012
Film vs. Text:
A Comparative Analysis of Homer’s Epics
Film vs. Text:
A Comparative Analysis of Homer’s Epics

Homer created two ancient Greek poems which are commonly known in the Literature. These are “The Iliad” which has the film version entitled “Troy” and “The Odyssey” which has also the film version. Though these poems played in movie version, there are some differences from the book that is maybe cut, change or re-modified. In Iliad, all the actions happen because of the Greek Gods and Goddesses. Paris asked to decide which of the Goddesses Hera, Athena and Aphrodite was the fairest, as she would get the Apple of Discord. He chose Aphrodite, who offered him the most beautiful woman in the world as his wife, and Hera and Athena then hated him that’s why they were on the side of the Greeks and want to destroy Troy. Everything which happens in the war is controlled by Gods and Goddesses and humans are purely their pawns. While in Troy, the Gods and Goddesses has only few appeared in the film like Thetis, mother of Achilles. There is no “sword of Troy” it is all invented by the filmmakers and Aeneas, in the Iliad, is already well-known by Paris. They were relative while in the movie, Paris asks his name and then gave the so called “sword of Troy”. Menelaus was not killed by Hector. In Iliad, he survived from war and returns to live with his retrieved wife Helen. The fight of Menelaus and Paris, in Troy, Helen portrayed happy because Paris was not killed but in Iliad, Helen was so disgusted with the cowardly he showed. Achilles, a great warrior, is cousins with Patroklos (not friend) and Achilles did not know what his cousins planning to do in the movie. In both versions, Partoklos decided to wear Achilles armor and pretend he was Achilles to fight the Trojans. Then Hector killed Patroklos in the movie and Achilles decided to take revenge to Hector. Although Hector was portrays a brave man in the movie, Homer portrays Hector as cowardly. He gets scared...
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