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Gates of Fire

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Luis Rodriguez

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Transcript of Gates of Fire

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Themes:
Tone/Mood:
Characters:
Quotes:
Symbols:
By: Steven Pressfield
Gates of Fire
Plot:
Plot Development:
Setting:
Vocabulary:
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1) Thermopylae: A narrow coastal passage in Ancient Greece. The passage is between the cliffs of Mt. Oeta and the Gulf of Lamia. This is
where the three-day battle between the Greek city-states and the Persian empire took place.

Shield:The Spartans shield represents
their brotherhood.
Helmet:Represents fear and shows how the Spartans were supernatural.
Flag:insignia represents home(Lakedaemon)
Gates of Fire is about Xeones, and spartan helot Squire telling the story of Thermopylae from the point of view of the Spartans.
throughout the story Xeones starts and ends as a noble person with a goal of joining the Spartans and getting revenge on another polis for killing his family.
One of the themes is good will win. Quotes that represents this theme are ; “you have never tasted freedom, friend, “ Dienekes spoke, “ or you would know it's purchased not with gold, but steel.” “Good then we will fight in the shade.” These quotes represent that the Spartans held their duty to the highest value. And i the end they would do anything to stop the Persians.
The second theme would be loss of innocence. A quote that represents it is; “There in the holy mill of murder the meanest of men may seek and find that part of himself, concealed beneath the corrupt, which shines forth brilliant and virtuous, worthy of honor before the gods.” This shows how the boys who are trained change in the heat of battle.

The overall mood of the story was suspenseful because you are always trying to figure out what was going to happen next. There were multiple tones throughout the book. In some parts it was depressing, because of the deaths that happen. Also, in some parts it was intense like the final part which is the battle.

Xeones: The main character in the story. He had been thought to be mortally wounded but was brought back to life to tell the story of Thermopylae from the Spartans point of view.
Polynikes is apart of the Spartan army. He was used as a leader and a great example of war for his people
Xerxes is a captive Greek who dictates his story to a scribe and works for the Persian King. He sustains life-threatening battle wounds like Xeones.
Dienekes leads the Spartan forces against the Persian army to kill Xerxes
Character Development:
Through out the story Xeones and a majority of the other characters didn't change. They all started out proud and noble men who died that way during the fighting with the Persians.
By: Luis R., Luis A., Tyrrell, Colean, and Mina
Andreia- Manly spirit, bravery
Phobologia- The science of killing fear
Helot- Between slave and citizen
Vigilant- Keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties
Deplorable- Not conforming to accepted standards of morality
''Because a warrior carries helmet and breastplate for his own protection, but his shield for the safety of the whole line.'' Pg. 69
-This quote shows that warriors have a helmet and a breastplate to protect themselves but they have their shields to protect each others backs.
''War is work, not a mystery.'' Pg. 226
- This quote shows how fighting is very common in Sparta and that it isn't no secret. So they consider war as a daily job instead of a once in a life time event.
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