The Shield of Achilles Analytical Essay by numero uno

The Shield of Achilles
This essay examines the character of the hero Achilles in Homer's "Iliad."
# 5971 | 1,370 words | 1 source | 2001 | US
Published on Feb 10, 2003 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , English (Analysis)

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This paper discusses the shield of Achilles and several themes that are placed upon it by the God Vulcan. It also looks at the character of Achilles and his guilt through a childish act. It includes a discussion on the differences on the age that Homer was writing about and the audience he was writing for.

From the Paper:

"Of all the Greek historical and fantastical stories those of Homer stand out into the far reaches of mythological tales, for it is through the bard Homer and his two classics, The "Illiad" and The "Odyssey" that we are given the insight into how man and Gods interact between themselves and their own kind. Moreover it is the adventures of simple Men who are blessed and cursed by the Immortals of Olympus at a mere whim, The Illiad was written in the during the Greek Bronze Age and this work along with the Odyssey was and still is used as a main form of historical evidence of the life within Bronze Age, or Mycenean Greece."

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