Research Paper On THE ILIAD
Homerís The Iliad one of the first great poems and there has always been great debate regarding Homerís intentions, whether the play was meant to be anti-war or in favor of war. To some extent, ideas such as pro- and anti-war are terms that are not relevant to the Iliad. It is important to remember that the poem that it is based thousands of years ago, in a warring, military society where social dynamics are seen in very different ways.
Heroes are revered for their efficiency on the battlefield, and gain virtue for their "score" in killing. Homer is at his best when graphically describing gory encounters. This is not to say that he isn't horrified or aware of the tragedy of warm, and deaths are almost always tied with a great sense of loss. Basically, Homer is both in awe of and horrified by war. Ultimately it is my feeling that The Iliad is clearly has an anti-war message.
In the Homer's Iliad we can find the undisguised brutality of war where, neither victors nor vanquished are admired, scorned, or hated. Almost always, fate and the gods decide the changing lot of battle. Within the limits fixed by fate, the gods determine...