...Prince Hector and his young brother Paris negotiate peace between Troy and Sparta. Paris has fallen in love with Helen, the wife of king Menelaus, and smuggles her to Troy with him. Infuriated, Menelaus vows revenge. Menelaus approaches his brother Agamemnon, a king of Mycenae who has conquered every army of Greece, and now commands them. Agamemnon, who has wanted to conquer Troy for years (which would give him control of the Aegean Sea), uses this as a justification to invade Troy. General Nestor asks him to take the legendary warrior Achilles, to rally the troops to the cause. Odysseus, a king of Ithaca commanded by Agamemnon, visits Phtia to persuade Achilles to fight, and finds him training with Patroclus, his cousin. Achilles, pondering his decision, visits his mother Thetis for advice. She tells him that, before he was even born, she knew this day would come. She also tells him that if he does not go to Troy, he will live a long, happy life and have children, but after he dies, his name will be forgotten and nobody will remember him. If he does go to Troy, he will find great glory in battle, his name will be written into history forever, but he will die there. Achilles, wanting his name to be remembered, chooses to go. The Greeks sail for Troy. Achilles and the Myrmidons are the fastest rowers and land before anyone else. They kill many Trojans and desecrate the...
Essay on A Review of the Movie Troy
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With its beautiful actors, breathtaking scenery and costumes, the movie Troy is a movie for Hollywood that is sure to be a box office hit. Troy, based on the Iliad, has proven to be a very loose adaptation of Homer's classic and one cannot help noticing the major differences between the book and the movie.
One of the most noticeable differences between the book and the movie is the absence of the Gods. In Homer's Iliad, the Gods played a major part in the Trojan War. Though the viewers are made aware that the characters believe in the Gods, the only God we see in the movie is Thetis, Achilles' mother. The omission of the Gods from the movie may give the audience a chance to view the characters more believable, however by omitting…show more content…
We see in both the book and the movie that Agamemnon's motives are purely selfish. He does not want to fight this war to get Helen back from his brother; he wants the city of Troy for himself.
Another difference between the Iliad and Troy is the history between Achilles and King Agamemnon. The viewer is made aware that Achilles does not want to fight the Trojans for Agamemnon. He feels that Agamemnon wants to fight this war for greed and not honor. In the Iliad, there is more to Achilles reluctance to fight for the greedy King. Agamemnon has stolen Briseis from Achilles and because of this, Achilles shows nothing but contempt for the King. The movie does not introduce Briseis until later in the story when she is taken as a prisoner by the Spartans and given to Achilles for his enjoyment. The viewer soon realizes that Achilles does not want to use Briseis and that he is falling in love with her. She is a strong woman quite capable of protecting herself. We see later in the movie when Briseis kills Agamemnon (who, by the way, does not die in the Iliad).
The character of Prince Paris was made more likeable in the movie. The scene where he fights Melelaus for Helen shows in both the Iliad and in Troy that Paris does not fight to the death. Although the Iliad tells us that Aphrodite rescues him and in the movie, he just backs away. The point is that in the movie, we see Helen glad that Paris