Comparing “Troy” with “The Iliad”

Last Monday, I have seen the movie Troy that is based on the epic The Iliad by Homer. The Iliad is an oral tradition that tells about the 10th year of the Trojan War. The Iliad not only presents the feeling of war but also demonstrates the close relation between Greeks and Trojans and their gods and goddesses. However, on the surface, they are quite similar.

In the movie Troy, the characters such as Achilles, Agamemnon are presented in the same way as they are presented in the epic. The plot is also similar to The Iliad. On the other hand, there are significant differences between the movie and the epic. Some of the beliefs are totally opposite in the movie. For example, the movie tells that Achilles is so arrogant that he doesn’t even respect Apollo, God of Plague. In Troy, at first, Achilles attacks the temple of Troy, where Trojans pray to Apollo. After attacking the temple, he cuts the golden head of Apollo’s sculpture to prove that Apollo can do nothing to him. However, The Iliad tells that Achilles respects the gods and goddesses. The epic provides evidence for it. When Achilles hears the reason why Apollo has thrown plague among the Greek soldier, he says that they shouldn’t make the god angry. Agamemnon should return the daughter of Apollo’s priest. Moreover, when he wishes to kill Agamemnon for insulting him, he changes his decision by respecting the order of the queen of goddesses, Hera.

In addition, the movie hasn’t shown any close relationships between the Greeks and Trojans and their gods and goddesses. No gods and goddesses are portrayed other than Thetis in Troy. Apollo has not responded when the Trojans prayed to him to save their country, nor does Apollo show his anger when the head of his statue has been cut off. On the contrary, The Iliad demonstrates the close interactions between the gods and goddesses and their followers. When the priest of Apollo pray to him to make the Greeks cry for insulting him, Apollo throws plague towards Greek, which proves his angriness. Besides, when Achilles wishes to kill Agamemnon for insulting him, Athena, goddess of battle, comes to him as a messenger from the queen of goddesses, Hera who requests Achilles to change his decision. All these evidence confirm that gods are closely connected to their followers.

 In conclusion, although Troy stands on the epic The Iliad, it is slightly similar to the epic. In fact, all the above evidence prove that Troy is totally different from The Iliad.


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