So far, we have talked about several character developments and thematic trajectories in Homer’s Iliad. In this paper, choose one character that undergoes a development over the course of the poem, and then argue for the significance that this development has for the narrative. The trajectory you describe should be specific and meaningful to how you understand the Iliad, and especially to how you understand the Iliad as a concerned with the development of societies.
If you’re stuck, think about how we have been approaching characters like Zeus, Achilles, Agamemnon, Hector, and Diomedes. Points already raised in class should serve as a starting point for crafting your argument rather than a complete answer. Since you are describing a trajectory or development, your paper should reference passages from a variety of locations throughout the poem.
Due in dropbox on Carmen at 11:59 P.M. Monday, September 25th
Note: Do not make this argument based on generalities about the way the ancient world worked or the way you think it worked (e.g. In all of the ancient world, Agamemnon was the best leader). This should be specific to the character of Achilles as described by Homer.
Your response should be well grounded in evidence from the text. Use quotes to support your argument and cite the book and the line numbers. Citations should be placed made in footnotes. Insert the footnote at the end of the sentence that contains the quote (e.g. “Rage: Sing, Goddess, Achilles’ Rage.”).
Your paper should be written in Times New Roman 12 pt. font. Your paper should be one page, double-spaced, justified (control/command j), with one-inch margins.
Do not write in an overly complicated style. Clear and concise is key. I am fine with sentences such as: “Achilles is X. His X makes him do Y. Therefore Z.” There is no reason to waste time on an introduction and a conclusion. Your thesis should be the first sentence. You should have one concluding sentence. Everything in between should be devoted to making your argument as strong as possible. Do not summarize the narrative. We have obviously all read it.
A thesis statement that begins: “In this paper I will argue that the changes in Agamemnons’ actions over the course of the Iliad show a development in his character because X,” is absolutely acceptable.
Remember the time-honored formula for papers: Say what you are going to do, do it, and say that you did it.
Read over your paper before you submit it. It is one page. It should not be a burden. If the sentences do not make sense when you read them over, you should make the necessary changes.
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