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A simile Homer uses twice, the first time to describe Paris, the second time to describe Hektor. In what ways in its immediate context is each use of this simile appropriate to the character and the situation it is illuminating?

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5. 'As when come stalled horse who has fed full at the manger breaks his halter and gallops thudding across the plain, eager for his usual bathe in the lovely flow of a river, and glorying as he runs. He holds his head high, and the mane streams back along his shoulders: sure of his own magnificence, his legs carry him lightly to the haunts where the mares are at pasture.' (Iliad 6. 502-511 and 15. 263-270)

A simile Homer uses twice, the first time to describe Paris, the second time to describe Hektor. In what ways in its immediate context is each use of this simile appropriate to the character and the situation it is illuminating? Consider more generally the differences between Hektor and Paris as individuals and then come back to consider why Homer might have chosen to link them in this intriguing way.

In Homer's 'The Iliad' the presence of the simile used to describe the Trojan Princes,

Paris in Book six and Hektor in Book fifteen, draws the readers mind to the sharp contrast

between both the temperament and mannerisms of the brothers. Its use in relation to

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