World Lit: Iliad/Troy Essay, Day 2


  • ELAGSE9-10RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE9-10RL3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE9-10RL7 Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums (e.g., Auden’s poem “Musée de Beaux Arts” and Breughel’s painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus), including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment. Georgia ELA

Students will be able to analyze the similarities and differences in the two artistic representations of the Death of Hector we have studied as a class.

Opening Session
Grab your essay and read over what you wrote yesterday. Consider where you might change or add things, then let’s get to writing!

Work Session

Your goal today is to finish your essay in which you compare and contrast the two versions of the Trojan War 🙂

The Iliad vs. Troy

Wolfgang Peterson’s 2004 film Troy is a modern retelling of the story of the Trojan War. Homer’s Iliad is the authoritative story of the war, dating back to 700 BC. Although the movie and the book tell the same story, there are many differences between them. Your assignment is to write a 500-word (2 FULL pages) essay analyzing WHY the moviemakers changed parts of the book.

You might consider the following topics:

·       The presence or absence of the gods

·       Hector’s death

·       Patroclus and Achilles’s relationship

·       The portrayal of Bressius

·       Paris and Helen’s relationship

·       Menelaus’s death

Your essay should go beyond simply explaining the differences between the movie and the book. You should attempt to analyze WHY the moviemakers made specific changes to the story, considering what is emphasized or absent in each presentation.

Closing Session
Read your essay out loud to yourself and give it a final proofread, then turn it in!

Summative (Essay)

Process (scaffolded essay prompt) Product (varied lengths as needed)

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