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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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  • Submitted: 22/12/2003
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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. 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).

Homer portrays Paris with admiration; Paris, the most beautiful man on the earth, is being compared to a graceful stallion. Paris is running to the battlefield not with fear or courage, but rather with dignity, as a stallion was running with a "head held high with mane over his shoulders flying" (157). Both Paris and the stallion are full of self-love and narcissism which leads them into arrogance; Homer describes the stallion's canter

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