‘Discuss The Role Of Women In Homer’s Iliad.’ Monash University Essay

842 words - 4 pages

‘Discuss the role of women in Homer’s Iliad with particular reference to the character of Andromache.’
The role of women in Homer’s Iliad is one which is often overshadowed by their male counterparts. Much of the Iliad is focused on glory in battle and the heroic code, however Homer still manages to include scenes which show the effects of war on women. While Helen is generally considered to be the main female mortal character in the Iliad, I feel that Andromache, loyal wife of Hektor, is a much more prominent female figure. Unlike women in general in the Iliad, Andromache's role goes beyond being just another spoil of the war. Homer treats her as a counterpart to Hektor (she is, in a sense, his "equal"), giving her actions and words a greater significance. Andromache's lamentations in Book 6, 22 and 24 are particularly powerful because Homer (or Fagles) effectively uses literary techniques to convey images that bring out feelings of empathy to the audience. In the Iliad, Andromache's lamentations are poignant, intense passages that serve as a characterisation of Andromache, providing the reader with a further understanding of Hektor, Trojan life, and the impact of the Trojan War.
Andromache's lamentations emphasises the impact of the Trojan War on life at home and on the family. Through their behavior, the male characters embody war, aggression, and honor, while Andromache and her fellow Trojan women become representatives for peace, love, and family. Andromache's lamentations acutely portray the sense of despair, loss, and sadness that comes with any war at any time in history. Here, Homer's use of an emotive tone serves to highlight the sense of tragedy in a way that the audience could relate to. In all her lamentations, Andromache does not center her speeches on only Hektor's death or the immediate events of the war. Instead, she concentrates much of the passage on her dismal predictions about her son, Astyanax's and the life he will experience without a father. By focusing on Astyanax, Homer reminds the audience of the bigger picture of the Trojan War and the impact of war on all people, not just the impact on the protagonists of the story.
Andromache's speech in Book 6 sheds light not only on the effects of war, but also on the relationship between Andromache and Hektor. Hektor declaring that he would rather be dead than hear or see Andromache being taken away illustrates the powerful love between Andromache and Hektor, and the depth of their bond
gives the reader a sense of strength ...

RELATED

Gender inequality. The Assignment was to discuss about women and men role. - CCBC - Assignment

728 words - 3 pages able to represent men and women roles, and should be properly and equally done, knowing that the media is entertaining and should be educational. Furthermore, is it is up to the view to choose what seem to be appropriate for him or her; regardless of what the media’s is spreading, people should be able decide which role they will be fulfilling in the society.

Prompt: What Is The Role Of Sarpedon In The Iliad? Iliad By Homer

730 words - 3 pages "So the immortals spun our lives that we, wretched men live on to bear such torment...." This one statement, made by the godlike Achilles to King Priam in the last chapter of the book, provides the reader a contextual summary of what the Greeks believed was their role in the universe. Robert Fitzgerald translated The Iliad, composed orally by Homer three thousand years ago. The Iliad, among many other themes contained in the poem, is an

Paper On The Role Of Women In Medea

1220 words - 5 pages Anthology"). Euripides showed his interest in psychology in his many understanding portraits of women ("World Book"). Euripides choice of women support characters such as the nurse and the chorus is imperative to the magnification of Medea's emotions. The very fact that the nurse and chorus are female deepens Medea's sadness, impassions her anger, and makes the crime of killing her own children all the more heinous.Medea's state of mind in the

The Importance of Marketing and Customer Value, in reference to T2 - Monash University - Essay

1702 words - 7 pages and satisfying shareholders, it is without doubt that marketing should also play a vital role in the ongoing growth of the business. The Importance of Customer Value Additionally, customer value is another important aspect of a company’s marketing strategy. According to Burns and Woodruff (1992), “customer value represents all that a customer perceives to give (money, time, energy) for all that he or she gets”. Others assert that a company ‘focused

Discuss the role of global governance in areas of conflic - Geography - Essay

844 words - 4 pages Discuss the role of global governance in areas of conflict Global governance involves the movement towards political cooperation among transnational actors, aimed at negotiating responses to problems that affect more than one state or region, meaning it is necessary in areas of conflict which are states of opposition between ideas and interests etc. Global governance is necessary in maintaining peace in areas of conflict and because of this

IMPACT ON THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN WORLD WAR 1

401 words - 2 pages , wanted a more active role in the war, however, were discarded by government regulations.A group of women determined to do more for the war effort, formed the Australian Women's Service Corp (AWSC) in 1916. The aim of this organisation was to prepare women to take up roles they had never considered before and allow able-bodied men to enter the military service. A similar organisation, The Women's Auxiliary Army Corps, was also formed among many

Civil War Essay - Differences of the North and South - Monash University, ATS1320: Nations at War - Essay

1649 words - 7 pages superiority of the free-labour ideology such as William H. Seward who stated that: [1: Eric Foner, Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: the Ideology of the Republican Party Before the Civil War (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995), ix] [2: Robert Winthrop in Eric Foner, Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men, 43] “The free-labour system educates all alike, and by opening all the fields of industrial employment, and all the departments of authority, to the

Elements of an Epic in The Iliad - Nassau Community College ENG 121 - Essay

643 words - 3 pages from the four epic elements touched upon in this essay, there are a handful of other helpful literary devices and components that help distinguish an epic from a different form of writing. These elements portrayed in the character profiles, the subject of the story, and the style in which it was written, are evidence that The Iliad is in fact an epic poem. Works Cited Homer, and Richmond Lattimore. The Iliad of Homer. University of Chicago Press, 1951.

Career issue in modern day society - monash university - essay

658 words - 3 pages Nowadays, the process of finding a job has never been easier through the use of the internet. However, the difficult part is to find the right job. If I take myself as example, after my degree I will try to find work in the accounting field to complete my Chartered Accountancy. I like what I do but I do not see myself working in an office my entire life. Learning accounting will surely help me in the future and that is why I am doing it. Luckily

Discuss the Use of Setting in The Yellow Wallpaper - Bournemouth University/English BA - Essay

1168 words - 5 pages Patrick Bird – s5070931 Patrick Bird s5070931 BA English – Forms and Context Discuss the use of setting in The Yellow Wallpaper Total Word Count – 1.164 The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a story about one woman’s descent into madness owing to post-natal psychosis after the birth of her child. In this essay, I will be examining the use of setting and analysing how it ties into the story and the characters. In terms of setting

Role Of Women During The Colonial Period

1026 words - 5 pages the husband's government," So while she was expected to run and perform all of the necessary duties of the household she really had no power within it.European women in the 16-century had a specific place in the lives of their communities. They were to perform traditional roles including preparing and serving the food, weaving clothing, and raising and educating the children. When settlers came to the New World they were appalled to see how the

The role of Monomania in The Revenger's Tragedy - University of Bristol - Essay

3690 words - 15 pages only leads to more blindness’. (Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye). Discuss this idea in relation to one or more text. The act of taking ‘an eye for an eye’, not only damages the subject of the revenge, but also the revenger. This essay will explore this hypothesis in relation to Vindice of The Revenger’s Tragedy (1607).[footnoteRef:0] The play as a whole intensely focuses on the topic of revenge, acting as a macrocosm for Vindice’s individual obsession

Assess the role the European Court of Justice has played in European integration? - University - Essay

998 words - 4 pages The process of European Integration, which began more than 60 years ago, is still developing and expanding. In this changing and developing process, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has played and continues to play considerable role in the European Integration. In other words, the role of the ECJ has been central in the broader process of European Integration. While the ECJ makes binding decisions on disputes over Treaty provisions or

Analyzing the Dynamic Role of Women in Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath"

434 words - 2 pages don' care what the pay is. We're a-goin'" (479). Pa appears apprehensive of this takeover when he complains,"'Seems like times is changed. Time was when a man said what we'd do. Seems like women is tellin' now'" (Steinbeck 481).While the entire novel discusses the elevating role of women in society, the final paragraph serves as its basis. Both Ma and Rose of Sharon experience the loss of a child, which explains their maternal love toward mankind

how is the role of women presented in frankenstein - English G11 - Frankenstein

768 words - 4 pages Explore how Shelley presents the role of women. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the role of the two genders, especially women, in society are being explored through. Whilst Victor and Elizabeth do serves as the stereotypical male and female, respectively, in the 19th century society, the unusual birth of the monster in Chapter 5 and his subsequent experiences poses earnest questions about the role of women that they are not mere companions of