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Helen of Troy: A Girl Worth Fighting For?
Transcript of Helen of Troy: A Girl Worth Fighting For?
A Girl Worth Fighting For? The Causa Belli : Latin,
casus - "incident", "rupture", "case"
belli - "of war" Did the face that launched a thousand ships leave her husband willfully? Rape or Seduction?
"Lead" or "Follow"?
Free Will or Coercion? Constraints: her dangerous beauty
the whims of the gods Aphrodite finds Helen on the Skaian gates, and tells her to go home to her husband.
As it happens, though, Helen recognizes the goddess and curses her for meddling.
She asks Aphrodite, if she likes Paris so much why doesn't she marry him.
"Why don't you become a mortal too and see how it feels, huh?" When she gets home, she finds Paris in their bedroom.
Helen curses him out, calls him a coward, and makes him admit that Menelaos beat him...Then he invites Helen into his bed. She complies (though we think it's probably only because Aphrodite threatened her). Aphrodite tells Helen to fall into line or else.
Helen falls into line. Frederick Sandys,
1867 Diane Kruger,
2004 Evelyn de Morgan,
1898 Jacques-Louis David,
1788 Book Three The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, who can know it? "If only death had pleased me then, grim death, that day I followed your son to Troy, forsaking my marriage bed, my kinsmen, and my child…and the lovely comradeship of women my own age." Regret Shame self-loathing does regret = responsibility? YES. Her shame discloses and highlights her culpability. What about the influence of the Gods? “Homeric psychology” attributes to divine intervention any human action “which is difficult to explain or departs in any way from the normal or the expected” What about her Beauty? Although she is a beautiful woman, often treated as a possession, she transcends typical economic category and possesses a great amount of control. Giovanni Battista Tiepolo,
1757 Henry Ryland,
1905 430 BCE compared to Briseis conclusion Helen of Troy's decision to abandon Menelaus for Paris was influenced by many elements, but it was her decision nonetheless. Jeremiah 17:9 Issues