Weekly Journal (2)
August 31st, 2016
My understanding of the term “hero” has shifted numerous times over the years. I went from believing that only Heroes had television shows, to understanding that a many different kinds of people can be Heroes. When I was younger and much more innocent, I believed that the only Heroes that existed were the Superheroes I saw on cartoons. Batman, Superman and even Scooby-Doo were the only “people” I accepted as Heroes in the world. All the crime that I watched them fight, I refused to accept that ordinary people could also be Heroes. As a pre-teen, I was an avid sports player. The only Heroes I accepted in my life were the teammates that assisted me in carrying my sports teams to victory. If my pitcher threw a no hitter, he was a hero to me. If my goalkeeper saved a penalty kick in the 90th minute to win the game, he became a hero to me. I would say that I was very closed-minded until I got to High School. In High School, I realized that a hero might not necessarily fulfill my mental description of a Hero. I began to understand that a hero might not be the loudest strongest person in the room. A hero may be valued for what he or she does not do, rather that for what they do. A hero may not wear a costume or even a suit everyday. A hero can be objective and/or subjective. A hero does not see age, class, gender or religion (in most cases). Though the description of a Hero has numerous aspects, the most important have been highlighted.
During battle, Diomedes in wounded by Pandarus. He then decides to pray to the goddess Athena, asking for her assistance. Athena then gives him superhuman strength and power to become a new solider on the battlefield, under the agreement that he would not challenge Aphrodite. Diomedes essentially does everything that he promised not to do, including wounding Aphrodite. When he steps up to Apollo, Apollo disposes of him quickly. Some people may call Diomedes a hero. Others will call him an antagonist. Clearly, the Achaean army views him as a hero. There were some heroic traits that stood out, but there were also some more cruel traits. So to decide whether he is a hero would be subjective. In my opinion, he is not a hero. He did do some remarkable things. Wounding Ares. Wounding Pandarus. Wounding the gods in the greatest war of Greek memory, may be seen as a
September 1st, 2016
The relationship of Hector and Andromache is one based solely off love. They (mainly Andromache) seem to be able to separate their love and family life from the life of war that Hector lives. Though a valiant warrior, Andromache despises the fact that he must go to war. A large number of her family members were killed in battle, and she does not want her husband to meet the same fate. In addition, they also have a son that she wants him to return home to take care of. This is a classic story of a woman obsessing over a man and the man obsessing over his profession. All of the other relationships in the story are rooted with battle. Either they started by the man (Achilles) ransacking a village and stealing a woman, or a woman that is fought over (Helen).
1. Athena gives Diomedes super strength/power.
2. Disguised, Athena forces Pandarus to shoot and arrow at Menelaus.
3. Zeus sends a false dream in the form of Nestor telling Agamemnon to take the city of Troy.
4. Apollo takes Aeneas off the field, and inspires Ares to fight on the side of the Trojans.
5. Apollo sends a plague to the Greek Camp for the kidnapping of Chryses and Briseis.
The gods seem to just be doing their jobs (or merely wat they do as gods). I cannot say that what they are doing is good or bad, because while something may be seen as positive to the Trojans, will more than like be viewed as negative by the Achaeans. This is what the gods do as divine characters.
This week of class was a bit shifty for me. I missed Tuesday’s class because my 8 month old puppy needed to be rushed to the vet. Though her physical condition was that of a normal 8 month old, I did not want to take any chances. Thursday’s class but a bit hard for me. We had a quiz, and I did not do as well as I should have. Although I read the stories, I was thrown off by the questioning. Instead of paying attention to the minor details, I gathered up the information that I deemed “important,” and that did not turn out to well for me. All in all, I learned that the all details matter in this class, even the minor ones.