Weekly Journal 09/28/17
09/23/17 Reading for Class (3:30–7:30)
Last week, one of the questions asked was who is responsible for Patroklos’ death. In the Achilles’ lament, he blames himself for asking Zeus to make the Achaians suffer which indirectly led to Patroklos’ death.
Hospitality comes back into play when Thetis visits Hephaistos. Thetis saved him and he is forever grateful to her. She comes to basically cash in a favor. She wants Hephaistos to make Achilles’ armor. This an example of when hospitality actually pays up. Often times, people have shown hospitality to the wrong people or there was no one who could testify for the kindness.
The comparison of the descriptions of Agamemnon’s and Achilles’ armor is presented. Achilles armor tells a story and outshines Agamemnon’s armor. At the beginning of book 19, the Myrmidons were afraid to look at his armor. No one had that reaction to Agamemnon’s armor. The most obvious difference is that Achilles’ armor was made by Hephaistos. Achilles’ shield can only be lifted by him. Agamemnon’s armor does not hold a flame to Achilles’ armor.
Agamemnon once again cops out. He does not apologize to Achilles for taking Briseis. I think it would have shown so much growth from Agamemnon. He blames it on Zeus’ will for the war to last so long. It was pointless to give Achilles the gifts because he was already going to enter the war to avenge the death of Patroklos.
I feel like Briseis’ lament had similarities to Andromache’s. They both have no one else and depend on men for everything. Patroklos and Briseis had a friendship just like Hector and Andromache. Since there was a friendship, they were able to have laments. Besides Helen, Andromache and Briseis are apart of the few women who had major speaking roles.
I was extremely confused that Poseidon started to help the Trojans. He saves Aineias from Achilles. All his other actions would indicate that he was on the Achaians side.
The gods have been interfering in the war the whole time. Now all of a sudden, they want to watch the war from the above.
I love that when Apollo tries to convince Aineias to fight Achilles. Aineias knows that he will not be able to kill Achilles. Eventually Apollo puts courage in Aineias. When Achilles and Aineias encounter each other, he is described as a lion. Aineias should have heeded Achilles’ warning because it was gracious to give him a warning.
There is no proper reaction to the death of a friend. Some people will not believe that their friend is dead. Others will have emotional breakdowns. Also, people will in so much shock that they will not be able to react. All of these reactions are perfectly healthy. The grieving process normally includes crying, refusing to eat for periods of time, reminiscing of good times, and acceptance of the lost of a loved one. Also, grieving has no bounds. People usually engage in reckless behavior like drinking or doing dangerous stunts.
Homer has prepared us for Achilles’ reaction to Patroklos’ death with the reactions of others. Menelaus watched over his body like a mother cow watches over her first born. Ajax fights off Trojans so they will not take his body. At the beginning of book 19 all of the Mrymidons were mourning Partoklos’ death. Briseis laments for him because of the kindness he showed her. None of these people have the connection that Achilles has to Patroklos. So naturally, Achilles’ reactions will be more intense and last longer. Achilles does not eat. He watches and cries over Patroklos’ body. The only reason he stops grieving is to find Hector and kill him.
Does Achilles know that Apollo and Euphrobus are responsible for Patroklos’ death too?
09/26/17 Class (11:10– 12:30)
We opened the class with a discussion about the protest of Comey at convocation last Friday. I feel that the interests of students and administrators are no longer for many reasons. First, the president has to keep the university open with funds from the government. Second, there is always rift between generations on the ways younger generations should protest.
Finally, we did the exercise that was intended for last week. The exercise was to pick our favorite character, explain why they are our favorite character, and about us makes the character our favorite.
Achilles is my favorite character. This is his story even though he is not featured that much the plot revolves around him. He is well respected by everyone even though he abandoned the Achaians in their time of need. He stands up for his beliefs even if that is not best at the time.
I am the type of person that cannot be bought. I tend to let my anger get the best of me. In my anger, I hold grudges. It could have easily been me avoiding war because I was wronged. I am all about respect because I feel like I am respectful and considerate of others feelings and beliefs. Once I am disrespected, you can apologize but I will never fully trust you again. I do not have many friends but I share a deep connection with the friends I do have.
09/27/17 Reading for Class (10:00PM-1:00AM)
Achilles killed Aiakides and it was quite graphic. Aiakides is not even the target of rage. I do not want to imagine the description of Hector’s death.
I probably should not find amusement in the gods fighting but I do. The war serves a cover for the real reasons they want to fight each other. Hera does not like Artemis because she is Zeus’ daughter from another woman. Athena fights Aphrodite to prove that she will always be the goddess of warcraft. Poseidon wants to fight but Apollo refuses to fight him over mere mortals.
What is Apollo’s stake in the war? He keeps saving Trojan warriors from battle with Achilles but when Poseidon wants to fight him he refuses. Poseidon reminds him that the Trojans have wronged both of them. I wouldn’t fight for someone if they had robbed of payment.
Everyone knows that Achilles is a demi-god. He feels emotions that gods and mortals feel. He has the ability to feel menis and it is stronger after the death of Patroklos. He explains his menis to Aiakides before he kills him. He says that since Patroklos was slain, no Trojan is safe from his wrath.
I felt sympathy for Hector at the beginning. Hector is risking his life for his brother’s wrongdoings. He has a wife and she laments that her and son will be left defenseless without him because it is inevitable that he dies protecting Troy. As the story progressed, I started to dislike Hector but I am still emphatic. Everyone keeps telling him that he is going to die but he does not believe it. He is the greatest Trojan warrior and he has to fight to give the Trojans a fighting chance. Once he realizes that Achilles has entered the war, he turns away from the battle. Also, Hector ran away from Ajax. As he became blood thirsty, I started to dislike him because he became arrogant because there was no Achaian warrior to kill except for Achilles.
I feel he deserves to die at this point because he has not listened to anyone. People told him that Zeus’ favor was only temporary. Paris violated hospitality and Zeus sees that as all Trojans are in violation. Therefore, Hector has to die because he defends his brother’s actions. No mortal can defy Zeus and live to tell the tale. Also, Hector mocked Achilles by putting on his armor which only fueled Achilles’ menis. I do not want to see Achilles kill Hector because I know it will be brutal and awful. On the other hand, it would be nice to see Achilles avenge Patroklos’ death.