Homework for Friday, December 8th and December 12th, and December 20th:
1. YOUR PROJECT IS DUE ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12th. Please let me know how I can help you.
2. Complete PC #10 (below), but in order to do so you will need to read the remaining section of The Iliad found on pages. 272-276.
3. Anticipate a quiz on Friday in association with IRONY found within The Iliad.
4. Vocabulary Test on Wednesday, December 20th. I will help you, but you need to start prepping now!!
PC #10 I suggest using a piece of paper for this PC, as you'll need more room than a few 3x5 cards can offer you.
Consider the ILIAD'S structure. The war lasts 10 years, but the actually epic begins with the 10th year of the war.
1. WHY do you suppose Homer would begin the epic tale here? Why not start with the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, moving on to the apple, and then to Aphrodiate as "The Fairest?" Why allude to the past, rather than starting with it?
The action starts with the argument between Agamemnon and Achilles, then progresses to the battle between Ajax G. and Hector, which ultimately develops into strong veneration between both men. The epic then moves on to Paris and Menelaus's one on one battle, which Aphrodite intervenes in order to save Paris. Achilles continues to mope in his tent over the loss of Briseis, and Patroclus decides he can't stand the monotony of playing backgammon over fighting for the Greeks. Patroclus dons Achilles's armor and returns to the battlefield where he faces Hector, who ultimately kills him. Achilles rages at the news that his best friend/lover is now dead. To relieve his grief which has now turned to vehement outrage, he battles against Hector. Both men are equally matched, but Hector has chosen to wear the armor of Achilles that he confiscated upon Patroclus's death, which has a weakness located at the area of the heart. They fight. Achilles wins, as he knows of the weakness (that's irony for you). Destruction of Hector's body follows. Priam returns to retrieve his son's remains, and then THE ILIAD ends with Hector's funeral. The epic ends with a feeling of retribution and respect. Can retribution and respect exist in war?
I have just summarized the epic for you.
2.What do you notice about each of the primary events outlined for you above? A common motif exists. THINK! What is it? Why would HOMER do this? It is not by chance.
3.You have "met" the majority of the ILIAD'S characters. Consider the following adage in association with the ones we have discussed in class... "All's Fair in Love and War." Hmm...do you agree/disagree with this statement? How would each of the following characters, Helen, Paris, Aphrodite, Menelaus, Agamemnon, Hector, Achilles, Ajax G., Patroclus, and Priam respond to this statement "All's Fair in Love and War? " WHY? Justify your response.
We finished with the epic today in class. We have two characters left to discuss, and they play important roles within THE ODYSSEY. Please visit with someone that was present in class, in order to obtain the information that you missed.
I look forward to seeing you on Friday!