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The Iliad, Book I
Writing Assignment I, Part 1
September 16, 2014

The first book of the Iliad was very interesting to read because the story jumps in nine years after the war starts. This makes the story difficult to understand in the beginning because you have to jump nine years into the war. So if you don’t have previous knowledge to the Trojan War it would be more complicated. Luckily, I have read Homer’s other book in high school called the Odyssey. Also, the previous knowledge of the Trojan War in high school helped me understand the beginning of Book One faster. But, that doesn’t mean I am saying the Iliad is easy to read or understand. I’m surprised to how much Homer jumps around. I feel like Homer pieces a bunch of stories together to try and make one total story. Also, the names of all the characters are hard to follow. I’m confused as to who most of the gods are. I feel like every god has a purpose and it mentions a lot of them. When it mentions another god’s name I feel slightly overwhelmed. But most of the god’s names only come up once in Book One. So I’m guessing we don’t have to remember a lot of these god’s names? And yes, that was a rhetorical question. Also, understanding this entire book seems to be really hard because some of the word choice Homer chooses confuses the reader. I feel like this book is very long and has a lot of errors by Homer. I think Homer is hard to understand but also he is very interesting because you do not know what he is going to write next. As for Achilles and the most of the characters in the book, they all seem very violent and quick to draw their sword (lose their temper). I understand most of these characters are either important war persons or gods so their egos probably get in the way a lot of the times. I think is it kind of funny when they are so quick to draw their swords on each…...

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