Reading Log 4
Monday, September 14th (1 Hour) 11:15 AM
After leaving my first class, I sat down in Health Sciences Library to study the notes that I took last week. I also use this time to look over everything I’ve learning during the course in preparation for the exam. I have learned that one of my five life’s great stories is college life at Howard. I feel like this is a miniature life from beginning to end; from freshmen year as a toddler to senior year as a senior citizen! I also used this time to organize my binder and separate my notes using google docs.
Tuesday, September 15th (2 Hours) 2:10 PM
We discussed Book 10 and 11. “a fortiori” argument means from the stronger. We learned that the taking of Briseis from Achilles was deeper than receiving more woman in return. We talked about Achilles leadership and his major decisions that he has made throughout The Iliad so far such as: taking Chryseis, taking Briseis, testing the army’s courage, preventing the duel between Menelaus and Hector, and picking Ajax, Phoenix and Odysseus. We spoke about the rankings and if we thought they were accurate or not. The only one that I would have changed was Agamemnon showing his fear to his troops, this should be ranked at 1 or 0, because kings should never show vulnerability to troops under them.
Tuesday, September 15th (2 Hours) 8:15 PM
I sat down in my dorm room at my desk where I re-read Book 13. Unusually, I didn't think of any event or situation any different that my first read!
2. List all of the gods so far who have participated in the Trojan War. Whose side do they fight for? Why? Wherever possible explain how you know their motives for supporting one side against the other.
- Athena — Archaeans Side. She literally hates the Trojans.
- Apollo — Trojan Side. He is the god of the arts. Trojans are much more of an artistic and benevolent empire, so I would believe these are his motives of supporting them.
- Aphrodite- Trojan Side. I believe because she is jealous of Athena’s success within the battle that she supports the other side.(Trojans)
- Poseidon — Archaean Side. Had a big grudge on Trojans because they never paid him back for building half of their city.
- Ares — Trojan Side. Simple, because he likes Aphrodite.
Thursday, September 17th (2 Hours) 2:10 PM
Today we took a quiz, and I was very confident on the first answers that I provided. I think I got the first four questions right, however the rest of the quiz was downhill. We discussed levels in video games and how they equate to how battles began in The Iliad. Such as in Book 11, the narrative is built around the principle of how a level on a video game works. Each level requires new skills or weapons like Agamemnon being inspired to join the battle with new armor. Armor is also a sign of strength and resurgence in battle. I really liked this class, it is one of my favorites because we continually compared The Iliad to video games; it’s levels and such modes and how they compare. It keeps the class interesting! Primarily because I love video games :) (God Mode in Super Mario 64 on Nintendo 64 is epic!)
Thursday, September 17th (2 Hours) 11:00 PM
Yes, I’m up very late tonight. Time got a hold of me, but Im still going to manage getting most of my work done. I read Books 14–16 mostly throughout the day in the library, and before most of my classes started.
2. What is the literary effect of Hera’s seduction of Zeus in Book 14? Is it surprising? tragic? humorous? something else? Explain your answer.
It is every adjective that you provided! Finally, a surprising yet humorous scene in The Iliad! It feels like a reality show in Book 14. IT was definitely shocking however, I was expecting this from wither Hera or Athena because I know how much it means to them to see the Trojan’s fall. While reading, I aldo thought that the plan was going to fail miserably, but it indeed worked. This book also shows how Aphrodite really needs to leave this battle alone and stay out of it! She does nothing but messes things up for her side, the Trojans. I’m sure this sleep is just temporary, so I am very excited to see what happens in the next book. (Remember, Zeus saw Hera before he fell victim to sleep!)
3. To what extent is Patroclus responsible for his death? Who else could be considered responsible and why?
If it is anybody's fault besides Patroclus himself, it would be a tie between Agamemnon and Achilles. However, I can still understand Achilles reasoning for still not joining the war at that time, his response is what led to Patroclus being killed. I believe Agamemnon had a lot to do with it because he serves as the commander of the Archaeans at that time. I understand that he was under desperate measures in the last couple of books, but his decisions reflect those of a leader, and when someone dies, the leader must take responsibility.
Friday, September 18th All-Day
I took a break from studying and enjoyed the HU HU Classic Debate and Football game!
Sunday, September 20th (1 Hour)
I sat down in the study room in College Hall South to review all of my notes that I wrote down during the last week. I had extra time to re-read Book 15, and I stopped midway in Book 16. I must say that I am truly enjoying reading The Iliad now. It was very rough from the start, but I look forward to reading whats coming next. Primarily because I like drama and this is serving me a lot of that!