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Homers Distaste for the Greeks In The Iliad similes are used to convey detailed images to the audience The utilization of imagery is especially prevalent in epic poetry because of its oral tradition Similes allowed the speaker to make a connection with his audience and render the story more vividly The similes Homer used in The Iliad focused overwhelmingly on the Greeks and their celebrated dominance in war Very little however is mentioned of any aggression on the Trojans part By stressing the warrior tradition of Greece and leaving the Trojans description conspicuously bare Homer indirectly romanticizes the Trojans peaceful life while showing his distaste for the Greeks unrestrained violence and belligerence Book Three Helen Reviews the Champions starts with the Trojans came with cries and the din of war like wildfowl when the long hoarse cries of cranes sweep on against the sky and the great formations flee from the wintersgrim ungodly storm 32-35 Homer introduced the Trojan army as it defended Troy from a Greek assault The phrase in bold implies grace and organization Cranes are large pure and elegant-qualities befitting an efficient yet defensive army The screaming of cranes would duly apply to the army-a scream would intimidate and frighten the enemy but at the same time imply a bluff or even a warning shot fired in final hopes of diverting a conflict The word flee implies innocence and avoidance as well Homers diction in this context gives the impression that the Trojans may not understand why they are fighting but are defending themselves to maintain dignity and honor In contrast to this stands the description of Diomedes in Book Five Diomedes Fights the Gods triple the fury seized him--claw-mad as a lion some shepherd tending woolly flocks in the field has just grazed a lion leaping to the foldlost as the ramping beast maulsthem thick-and-fast pilling corpse on corpse and in one furious bound clears the fenced yard so
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