They often include multiple parts of the work and ask for a thorough analysis of the overall text. Odysseus details the gifts proffered by Agamemnon. As our students become less likely to have a prior context from which to approach ancient texts, the challenge of introducing those texts in a one or two-semester Western literature course becomes greater. Is he the coward Achilles accused him of being? Safe in the crowd he ever scorn'd to wait, And sought for glory in the jaws of fate: Perhaps that noble heat has cost his breath, Now quench'd for ever in the arms of death. And the Cyclops figure is an eye-patch-wearing, false-speaking Bible salesman. Methinks my suffering country's voice I hear, But most her worthless sons insult my ear, On my rash courage charge the chance of war, And blame those virtues which they cannot share.
The open ending provides the same balance between fateful myth and hopeful folktale that we see in the Odyssey. They nearly always require a substantial response. When he reaches home, he is fully ready to embark on his next career, as a dentist. Compare this analysis to the version you have read in the Iliad. Whom Ilion calls Astyanax, from her well—guarded walls, Is now that name no more, unhappy boy! Describe each scene in some detail and explain its role in the overall story.
She did this as a reward when Paris picked her as the most beautiful goddess. Remember, some epithets apply to more than one character, so be ready for a challenge if the other insists that their alternative is right. The character and object descriptions are also used in some of the quizzes and tests in this lesson plan. The inconclusive conclusion is intentional. The movie Helen of Troy, despite its flaws, may hold some interest. George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson. Ulysses Jackson has returned home from Vietnam to the swamps of central Florida to live a life apart from human society.
From her foundations curling to her spires, O'er the proud citadel at length should rise, And the last blaze send Ilion to the skies. Read through all the Activity questions on this page before selecting Activities to work with. I fear, I fear him slain! Since you, of all our numerous race alone Defend my life, regardless of your own. What might initially appear to be mere epic convention becomes startlingly revealing. If you want to integrate questions you've developed for your curriculum with the questions in this lesson plan, or you simply want to create a unique test or quiz from the questions this lesson plan offers, it's easy to do.
Agamemnon and Achilles Argue Agamemnon is holding captive a woman named Chryseis. See, if already their deserted towers Are left unmann'd; or if they yet retain The souls of heroes, their great Hector slain. Now is the time to boast! Scarce from the verge of death recall'd, again She faints, or but recovers to complain. Yet on the verge of battle let us stay, And for a moment's space suspend the day; Let Heaven's high powers be call'd to arbitrate The just conditions of this stern debate, Eternal witnesses of all below, And faithful guardians of the treasured vow! Meanwhile, ye sons of Greece, in triumph bring The corpse of Hector, and your paeans sing. Support your response with several specific examples. Once you download the file, it is yours to keep and print for your classroom. This is one of the notable occasions when Homer turns his use of epic convention to brilliant literary advantage.
As Hector sees, unusual terrors rise, Struck by some god, he fears, recedes, and flies. It is their job to identify whom the figure of speech refers to. The director, Victor Nuñez, is known for his portrayal of the rhythms and resonance of rural Florida and its people Rosenbaum. Scroll through the sections of the lesson plan that most interest you and cut and paste the exact questions you want to use into your new, personalized The Iliad lesson plan. After a long fight, Achilles kills Hector.
Explain this statement and the way in which Achilles begins to pull back from his anger, which has distanced him from his comrades, and to come to an understanding of his nature and his common humanity. Select two of these Activities for Unit 1 one for Activity 1 and one for Activity 2 ; make a copy of the Activity question to begin your response. Step 6: Lead a discussion about what the epithets tell us about the characters and how they help the composition and structure of the poem. You will probably want to go to for information about your Iliad hero's family life. Make sure they record the epithet as well as the name of the character it applies to. But what is Troy, or glory what to me? Only you know what obstacles are likely to be most prevalent for your group of students, so incorporate these into your lesson plans. Still, he cannot remain completely solitary.
Achilles quickly died from the wound. Can his dear image from my soul depart, Long as the vital spirit moves my heart? Appeal to Different Learning Styles Finally, it is important to remember that not all students are verbal learners. Do you think Homer actually believed in gods such as he sang about? If you don't find the combination of questions that best suits your class, you can also create your own test on The Iliad. Consider the false dream that Zeus sends to him in book 2, for example. Up to the end, this Ulysses has prevailed almost entirely by luck — but luck, by its very nature, is something that cannot hold. Support your ideas with specific examples from the Iliad. Finally, write a paragraph or two summing up Homer's ideas about women in the Iliad--what they are like and how they are treated.
Peaceful he sleeps, with all our rites adorn'd, For ever honour'd, and for ever mourn'd: While cast to all the rage of hostile power, Thee birds shall mangle, and the gods devour. Thus step by step, where'er the Trojan wheel'd, There swift Achilles compass'd round the field. Each film, then, reflects a different side of the epic itself. Yep, our teaching style is pretty epic. If you encourage students to see The Iliad through contemporary eyes, they will understand the plot better and think more deeply about its universal themes. When the river god Scamander orders him to stop choking his waters with dead bodies, Achilles, in his maddened state, flatly refuses to obey. The Greeks had finally won the war.