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What are the differences between the movie Troy and the Iiliad? Consider Agamemnon's death. Meneleus's death, Paris's escape, Helen's situation, and the Trojan princesses.

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On the whole, Troy makes a number of changes to the Iliad, mainly as a result of the filmmakers wanting to appeal to a modern audience. Characters are made nobler than they were in the original text, such as in the case of Achilles with the captured women Chryseis and Briseis.

In the original, the women's captors, Agamemnon and Achilles, view them as little but sexual sport, rewards for their prowess in battle. During Homer's time, this would have been a normal way for men to view women, since women had little to no rights. However, the movie cuts Chryseis and makes Achilles sympathetic to Briseis before Agamemnon takes her forcefully as his own. This is done to make Achilles more sympathetic to a modern audience. Such transplanting of modern views onto historical figures who likely would not have held such views is common in Hollywood historical epics.

On another note, Paris, Hector's wife, and Hector's child all escape with their lives by the end of the movie rather than die. This sort of...

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