The Tragedy Of The Homer 's Iliad

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Humanities Unfathomable Eccentrics
As humans we all experience emotions and the interactions between one another as a result of these feelings being expressed to a viewing party or even alone. Emotions are the driving force of human existence and have been a heavily prevalent part of literature all from Homer’s Iliad to minimalistic poems of the 21st century and anything imaginable in between: it is the feelings that move us as conscious beings to act and, to an extent, fuel our commitment towards an action whether it be pronouncing our joy or thrashing in pain. There also appears to be a hierarchy of emotions, i.e. you can be happy, but not at the level of being ecstatic, or you can dislike a person, but not hate that person. The purest form of emotion though, would be rage for the simple notion that this impulse is genuinely exhausting to fake compared to the lesser of the levels of emotion. With all that being said the Iliad will be a great piece of literature to dive into and examine this pure, raw emotion, with the diverse group of characters that which feel as if they had always been inexplicably animated.
Rage/anger is one of the most apparent themes in Homer’s The Iliad and the fact that almost every character experiences this emotion in some way shape or form. The most notable character associated with this attribute would be Achilles especially considering the opening lines from Book I of The Iliad, “ Rage:/ Sing; Goddess, Achilles’ rage,/ Black and murderous, that cost the greeks/ incalculable pain...”(1.1-3) notates the stark, hefty emphasis on this characteristic as a whole throughout the entirety of the piece. Achilles’ rage and short-temper are equivalent to that of a 6 year old child who just had his prize ...

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...tive emotions, throughout war as it destroys families, will of the fighters and every other person caught in the middle of this childish dispute all because one guy couldn’t think with the actual brain inside in his skull. This initial development of rage for characters in The Iliad can be obscenely observed in countless forms media with some good examples showing rage as a main theme or characterization trait being; Mel Gibson’s Braveheart, Voldemort from The Harry Potter series, and one of the best that directly involves women and rage into the main story by making them a priority for for the protagonist and antagonist 's motives being George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. Rage has always been a part of human livelihood since before written history and will continue to do so even beyond our time, all that needs to be done is not letting the rage win and consume you.

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