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Humans have an animalistic nature that emerges at times such aswar Within theIliadby Homer the men in the book portrayanimalistic qualities while they are fighting in battle Theyare shown with animal qualities when they are not fighting aswell however the animalistic qualities come out more when themen are fighting during warHomer uses the images of mostlylions to characterize the men within theIliad This portrayalof the men as lions allows the reader to see that men are feralinside and that they can do horrific things when prompted bywar The effects of the animalisticqualities consuming the menlead to the horrors of the war By giving the men intheIliadanimalistic qualities Homer suggest that men have anatural savage animal nature and that war allows theseanimalistic qualities to consume the menThe men are shown with animalistic qualities when they are notfighting to show that they have animal qualities naturallyHomer uses these characterizations to show that the animalisticqualities exist but that they are not as pronounced as when themen are in war When Odysseus and Diomedes go in the night tospy on the Trojans they are characterized as two lionsstalking through the carnage and the corpses through piles ofarmor and black pools of blood 10 348-350 The two men arenot battling but they arecharacterized as animals They havethis animal nature but it is not pronounced to the point wherethey are acting like savage animals The men who are watchingguard when Odysseus and Diomedes are about to leave to spy alsoare characterized with animalqualities Like sheepdogs keepingwatch on flocks in folds a nervous bristling watch when thedogs get wind of a wild beast rampaging down through mountaintimber crashing toward the pens and the cries break as hecharges a din of men and dogsand their sleep is broken gone and so the welcome sleep was routed from their eyesguardsmen keeping the long hard watch that night 10215-221 The men have anxieties about what is happening in thenight and Homer portrays them as dogs
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