Troy directed by Wolfgang Petersen 2004
The movie Troy is about the conflict between the Greek city-states, led by Agamemnon, and Troy, ruled by Priam. These two have this conflict because Paris, Prince of Troy, fell in love with Helen, wife of Menelaus who is Agamemnon’s brother and king of Sparta, and took her back to Troy against the wishes of his brother, Hector, who, with his father, had been trying for years to make peace with Sparta and had finally gotten that peace. Agamemnon had recently united all of the Greek city-states and wanted to take over Troy too, so this conflict over Helen was his perfect opportunity. He uses the main character, Achilles, to fight his battles, even though Achilles hates fighting for him and only fights for himself. A fleet of one thousand Greek ships sails to Troy and a battle occurs. After Achilles kills Hector out of revenge for Hector killing his cousin Patroclus and drags Hector’s body behind his chariot to the Greek encampment, King Priam comes to the Greek camp by their boats and begs for Hector’s body back, Achilles agrees to give the body back and Achilles promises twelve days of peace. During these twelve days, the Greeks build a horse, vanish inside of it and make it seem that they were cursed with a plague. The Trojans come to the camp after the twelve days and find all the Greeks gone but there was a huge horse, which they saw as a gift. They take it back into the city walls and celebrate, but at night, the Greeks come out of the horse and burn the city down. The movie ends with Achilles being killed by Paris by an arrow shot through the heel when he was trying to rescue Paris’ and Hector’s cousin Briseis, whom he fell in love with, and the city of Troy in ruins.
The Advanced Placement World History theme of State-Building, Expansion and Conflict is expressed throughout this movie. In the movie, the Greek city-states were creating an empire under the rule of Agamemnon. However, this is inaccurate because there...
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