English IV Period E
28 November 2012
The Cause of the Trojan War
Agamemnon and Paris are to blame for the Trojan War because of the choices they made. Agamemnon wanted to conquer Troy but never had a reason behind it; Paris kidnapped Helen, the wife of Menelaus, and that made Agamemnon and Menelaus angry. This finally gave Agamemnon a reason to go after Troy. He wanted his brother to have his wife back and if that meant he was able to attack Troy, that’s what he was going to do. He took his anger out on all of Troy instead of Paris specifically. Paris was a contributor to the start of the war because he stole Helen away from Menelaus and took her to Troy. Both of these men are to blame for the Trojan War.
Agamemnon is the king of the Greeks. His brother is Menelaus, who is Helen’s husband. When Paris kidnaps Helen, Agamemnon and Menelaus sent a thousand ships to Troy to bring back Helen. He brought together all the Greek armed forces and sent them to Troy. There was no wind that could send the ships so he had to sacrifice his daughter, Iphigenia, to bring one. When the ships set sail, the Trojan War had begun. Agamemnon wanted an excuse to invade Troy and the kidnapping of Helen would give him the perfect alibi. He felt that his and his brother Menelaus’ honor was stripped of them when she was taken. Agamemnon is a man of pride which makes him dangerous. He wants to be the best and if something that is his is taken, he will fight to get it back.
Paris is the Prince of Troy. He didn’t care much for fighting because he loved being with women. When he was asked to give the Golden Apple to either Hera, Aphrodite or Athena, he chose Aphrodite because she offered him the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen. When they saw each other in the hallucinations, they instantly fell “in love”. The problem was, Helen was already taken by Menelaus. At their wedding, Paris showed up and him and Helen locked eyes. He stole her from Greece and sparked the Greek revenge...
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