Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Literature Analysis

The Iliad
1. The Greeks are at war with the Trojans over Helen, who was taken from the King of Sparta. During the conquest of an ally city of Troy, Achilles has a falling out with the Greek leader and refuses to fight. The Greeks advance upon the city of Troy and the gods take sides. Athena, Hera, and Poseidon for the Greeks. Apollo, Ares, and Zeus for the Trojans. The Trojans battle with the Greeks and push the Greeks back to their boats under the leadership of prince Hector, with the help of Zeus who during the course of the battle bans all gods from participating in the battle. Patroclus, Achilles best friend, was killed by Hector. Achilles returns to the fight and kills every Trojan who gets in the way of his hunt for Hector. Hector and Achilles duels, Achilles wins and kills Hector. After some convincing by Zeus, Achilles ransoms Hector's body back to Troy, who then spend the next ten days giving their prince a rightful burial.

2. The theme of the novel is loyalty to friendship and kinship.

3. The author uses a serious tone.

4.The author uses personification, keenings, similies, metaphors, and hyperboles.


  1. 1a.) Do you have any excerpts from the novel that you can show us?

    1b.) Can you clarify what keening is?

    1c.) Example's of Homer's literary techniques?


    2a.) In Bless Me Ultima, Hera remind's me of Ultima, in character and what they stand for.

    2b.) A lot of Greek stories, such as the Odyssey and The Iliad, seem to have the same theme throughout.

    2c.) Both Rudolfo Anaya and Homer use the same literary techniques.

  2. can you include some exerpts from the book to support the tone, as well as literary techniques?

  3. I agree with Rebecca. Include some examples for questions 3 and 4 so that the viewers would have a better understanding of the novel.