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A Moment In Troy

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Transcript of A Moment In Troy

A Moment In Troy
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Question #1
What is the mythological allusion in this poem?
Theme
The smallest and simplest desires can lead to disaster.
Tone
Throughout the poem, we see the tone change quite a bit. At first, the reader feels pity for the little girls, but later on in the poem, they show a much darker side and become more cold and uncaring. We also see use of vocabulary change: at first, the setting uses simple words (book, dinner, skinny), but when the girls venture into their daydreams, the words that are used change to become more eloquent (grand boudoir, royal staircase, rustling of silk and admiration)
Quiz
1. What is one technique that the author uses in this poem?
2. What do the lines "Little girls/Returning" mean? (lines 43-44)
3. What type of figure of speech is "they all turn into beautiful Helens"? (line 13)
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The Trojan War
Question #2
What themes can be found in this poem?
Question #3
What are the techniques used by the author, and how do they affect the poem?
Techniques
Wistawa Szymborska, the poet generally takes a safe approach to the audience by introducing the girls in the first line. We can develop the idea that the little girls are being referred to as insecure, or not qualified for attention. The poet uses many techniques to create the idea that these girls are helpless, worthless, or struggling. The poet also displays a wide variety of symbolism. Some examples include "across the eyelids of the world," and "freckles that won't go away." Such examples are called connotations, words that mean more than their dictionary meaning. In lines 12-20, the author is leading the audience into the idea of transition. The girls are changing from "not turning any heads," to "they all turn into beautiful Helens." This played a major role in the poem; setting the idea and the "climax" of the poem. The poet also uses many forms of imagery, from "observe disaster from a tower of smiles," to "pale and tearless." These imagery techniques hints us to believe the girls are living as royals. Overall, the author realizes that imagery allows the readers to paint a detailed picture of the plot, and she took advantage of it.
Theme
Beauty and vanity can be blinding.
Question #4
What do the following lines mean?

"not turning any heads
as they walk across the eyelids of the world"
(lines 4-5)
Story behind the mythological allusion
Menelaus and Helen were married and residing in Sparta- Menelaus’s kingdom. At that time Paris who was the prince of Troy was sworn he would find the most beautiful woman in the world in Sparta, by the goddess Aphrodite. When Paris reached Sparta, he found Helen and took her to Troy while Menelaus was in Crete. Some versions of this myth say Helen was abducted by Paris while some say she left voluntarily but this poem refers to the version of her being captured. When Menelaus discovered that Helen was absent from their home, he collected a sum of Greek warriors and proceeded to retain his wife from Troy. This was the start of the Trojan War. During the war, Helen took both sides of the war by assisting Troy in locating the Greeks but also covering for the Spartans. Paris was eventually slaughtered and Helen was wed to his brother Deiphobus. When the war ended and Helen was reunified with Menelaus; she abetted him in the killing of Deiphobus.
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