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I am delighted to read The Iliad, the significant piece of literature, and one of the famous heroic epic written by Homer.

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Riders I am delighted to read The Iliad, the significant piece of literature, and one of the famous heroic epic written by Homer. The Iliad is full of vigorous and lively images which are expressed by various strategies as metaphors, hyperboles, similes, and other, but the most dynamic expressions are in similes. Some epic similes appear as different small stories comparing the actions, characters, or situations to the actions of living creatures in order for the reader to better understand the text. In Book Six Homer draws a comparison between Paris, the son of king Priam, and a stallion, and both of them have an arrogant character which they both had developed by living a nice and easy life (157). ...read more.


Not only is the beauty pushing Paris and the stallion into arrogance, but also the easy and pleasant life. Both of them are coddled throughout the life by destiny and others; as the stallion is "fed on clover and barley," so does Paris live in a nice house in ease and prosperity (157). Even though, Paris has some responsibilities and duties, he would be happier if he could live in a complete freedom with no boundaries; the stallion also gallops to "bathe as he would daily in the river-glorying in freedom!" (157). This very vivid image suggests that the stallion is not a war horse and not a working one either; he is full of strength, and he is not overworked or overridden, as Paris is also well rested, and finally with all his strength is ready for battle. ...read more.


Now the stallion flies like a wind to the haunts, to the horses, and Paris is speeding rapidly to his fellow troops. In order for the readers to better understand the insignificant scene of Paris rushing to the battle, Homer uses a parallel with the stallion. Homer masterfully turns an event of little importance into engaging and dynamic scene; through animal he reveals the feelings and state of mind of the character. Homer's comparison of the "mettlesome" stallion makes clearer that Paris is also impatient and determined to reach the battle; no matter how comfortably he is living, no matter how arrogant he can be, Paris is still a Trojan warrior, and he is willing to fight for his city (157). Still, Paris is beautiful and is gleaming like sunlight in his armor, even if he is going to the war, and even if this armor soon will be dyed in a deadly red color. ...read more.

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