Gates of Fire

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Brandon MacPherson
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Gates of Fire

The book I read during the summer for world history was Gates of Fire, written by Steven Pressfield. Essentially, this book is about the Battle of Thermopylae and the events that took place during those times. The author is trying to tell the story through one’s perspective. In this book, one learns of the conditions at the battlefield during war and how it was to go to war as a young man. This book highlights many details in the battles fought in the times of the Battle of Thermopylae. Specifically, the book highlights the gore and death that occurs in the battles.

The Battle of Thermopylae took place at the pass of Thermopylae in northern Greece, in 480 B.C. Xeones is the teller of the story, or the person who survived the battle to tell tales about the memory of the glorious and valorous Spartans. Xeones is one of many main characters, and he can be described as brave and determined because he never gave up and pursued in battle to find the people who killed his parents and family. Bruxieus is also a main character, for even though he was a slave, I thought of him as a very wise old man, for he was loyal like when he helped Diomache when she was raped. I believe Diomache is a main character because she is a cousin of Xeones. She was loved by Xeones and was one of his closest friends. Leonidas is a main character also for his courageousness to help bring the fight back to those who were scared to fight. All of these people helped tie together the main message the author is saying, which is that alone, one is powerless, but with a group, you can stand strong and face any challenge in your way. The main characters help tie that together by acting strong and facing their fears with valor.

Overall, the book was decent in the fact that I enjoy reading of these kinds of stories, such as historical violence, this entertains me. I disliked the book because I had to try harder to comprehend what was going...
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