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In the Iliad Homer finds a great tool in the simile Just by opening the book in a random place the reader is undoubtedly faced with one or within a few pages Homer seems to use everyday activities at least for the audience his fellow Greeks in these similes nearly exclusively When one is confronted with a situation that is familiar one is more likely to put aside contemplating the topic and simply inject those known feelings This would definitely be an effective tactic when used upon the people of Homers day From the heroic efforts in the Iliad itself it is clear that the populace of his time were highly emotional creatures and higher brain activity seems to be in short and in Odysseus case valuable order It is also wise to remember that the winners write history In the Iliad there seems to be relatively little storyline from the Trojans side We are amused with story upon story of the Greeks their heroes and their exploits while the Trojans are conspicuously quiet sans Hector of course It could almost be assumed that throughout time most of the knowledge of the battle from the Trojan side had been lost Considering the ability to affect feelings with similes and the one-sided view of history Homer could be using similes to guide the reader in the direction of his personal views as happens with modern day political spin These views that Homer might be trying to get across might be trying to favor Troy It could easily be imagined that throughout time only great things were heard about the Greeks mettle in war and that Homer is attempting to balance the scales a bit by romanticizing the Trojan peoples especially Hector and bringing to light the lesser-heard tales of Greek stupidity Shortly into Book Two Agamemnon gives the speech to
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