I have never been to Troy, but David Maule made me feel as if I were standing on the high wall of Troy, watching the fierce war. Thanks to this British author, who adapted the famous Homer’s poem into a lively story, I found it easier to understand this story. Though the story happened over 3000 years ago in a remote place, I was deeply fascinated by it.
The mysterious plot is one of the reasons why I loved The Story of Troy so much, yet I am more interested in the human heroes of the war.
Hector was the eldest son of king of Troy, Priam. He was not only a real hero of Trojan, but was regarded the highest moral hero in Greek classic by later historians. The war started because of the mischief of his brother, Paris, whom he didn’t appreciate. However, since Hector was the commander of the Trojan army, he was obliged to fight with all force. It was really a tragedy that such a valiant man died in the duel with another great warrior, Achilles.
It is natural to see death in a war. As a famous Chinese parable says, “A life can be as slight as a piece of feather, or as weighty as Mount Tai.” Sometimes, one’s glory walks hand in hand with one’s doom. Achilles was such a typical person. His personal charm made The Story of Troy more attractive. He was so crucial because his every appearance in a war encouraged his fellow soldiers and terrified the enemies. Actually, Achilles was half-god who was almost invincible in people’s mind. That’s why his name was memorized long after his death.
Besides the two great men, the wisdom of Odysseus also proved him to be a great hero. He didn’t want to attend the war because he was happily married and had a lovely son. However, since his country was allied to Mycenae, he had to take the command given by the king of Mycenae. I’m quite sure that the story of the wooden horse is widely known, however, few people know who thought of the brilliant idea, that’s why I admired Odysseus so much because he was the person who got the idea. Thanks to the horse, the ten-year war came to an end at last. If you want to know how the wooden horse worked, just read the book.
The ancient Greeks believed that the gods and goddesses also played important roles in the origin, process and ending of the whole story.
The story of the golden apple was such an example. When Eris, the goddess of argument and disagreement, threw out the golden apple to a wedding ceremony on Mount Olympus, a dispute happened. Hera, the queen of gods, Athena, the goddess of wisdom, and Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, were all involved in the argument for the apple. None of them was willing to give way, so they turned to Paris for a final judgment. Tempted by Aphrodite’s beauty and promise, Paris handed the apple to her. To keep her word, Aphrodite helped him to get Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world, as his wife. That was the cause of the war.
Paris’s choice obviously annoyed the other two goddesses. So during the war, they helped the Greek alliance army while some other gods, such as Apollo and Aphrodite, guarded Troy. When Paris dueled with Helen’s former husband Menelaus, Aphrodite saved Paris when he was about to be finished off.
After the duel between those two people, there was a truce between the Greek alliance and Troy. However, both Hera and Athena were not happy to see it. Hera pursued her husband ZEUS:“ Now, will you send Athena to make the Troyjans break the peace?”(Page 22) Then with Zeus’s permission, Athena went down to start the war again and finally she brought the Greeks to success.
From the whole story, we can see that in ancient Greeks’ view, gods sometimes played a much more important role in their life. However, with the rapid development of science, we have learned that the Greek gods never existed. This is why a recent movie of Troy has not mentioned a single god. Everything happened due to men’s ambition, love, loyalty or jealousy. With those emotion and people’s effort, we human beings can accomplish wonders and be master of the world.
God are of less importance than they used to be. Nonetheless, the gods and goddesses made The Story of Troy more mysterious and marvelous.
I have learnt from the book more than the wonderful story of history, love and war. I believe that human can determine their destiny by their own. I highly recommend this book to my friends.英文名著人性的弱点读后感2
As early as the middle of the 20th century, when the economic downturn, inequality, war is the devil indelible human pursuit of a better life of the soul, of Carnegie, with his insight into human nature, a large number of ordinary people constantly strive to achieve the success stories, through him, The speeches and writings arouse the morale of many a confused, encourage them to a brilliant success, as Mr. Carnegie said: "A person's success, only 15 percent attributed to his expertise, 85 percent attributed to him Expression of thought, leading others and the ability to arouse the enthusiasm of others. "
"The weakness of human nature," a book the author described as dealing, the rationale for doing things, so that impressed me most deeply in an article entitled "unfavorable factors will translate into success factor", there has been a story to inspire Me.
Happen in 1929, a youth to the mountains to cut down Hill walnut, he wood pile in the car, drove home. Suddenly a wooden sliding down, he is Jizhuan Wan, the wood in the axle of the card, he bounced to a tree, the spine was injured. Since then both legs paralyzed.
At that time, young people aged 24, since then, he has not traversed step Road, was considered a lifetime spent in a wheelchair. Zuonong the fate of his resentment, but with age Jianchang, he found no resistance on their help, only to become their own Jiansuankebo. Others are courteous and good to me, I should at least have to respond to the courtesy and good people.
More than 10 years have passed, some people asked him think that is an unfortunate incident? He said: "No! I was almost glad that it happened." Shock and resentment that experience of the stage, he began reading the literature and culture from the hobby. 14, he read over 1,400 books, these books expand his vision, his life than in the past could have imagined even rich He also began listening to music, he moved before the symphony will only let him nap However, really the most important changes, or thought he had the time. "The first time in my life, the real intentions of the world to see and appreciate its value, experience of previous efforts to pursue a lot of things have no real value."
Since reading, he began the political interest in his study of public issues, in a wheelchair a speech. He began to understand people, and people have begun to know him, because such efforts, a local political figures from elevated to a national political figure. The legend is that Al Smith. He was re-elected governor of New York 4 session - then no one has such a record. In 1958, he was elected as the Democratic presidential candidate, and the results achieved so hard to make up for his deficiencies are inseparable.
James once said: "Their success is the most excited because some of the shortcomings of their potential." Yes, a lot of successful people is successful, because they have a capability, will be a negative factor for the successful conversion factor The ability of such capacity in general the depths of adversity, when almost no transfer will be inspired by, if Zhang Lincoln in a rich family, perhaps it can not become now the Americans can not forget a great leader.
People always will be faced with difficult, in the face of failure, but this is not your retreat of the reasons people are above the other on biological, because he is extremely subjective initiative, he can to change some things, but not forever Quietly waiting for extinction. Life is not the most important thing you have used to measure the real important issue is how you from the loss of profit. This requires wisdom, it also shows the Sophia Xia Yu, the fate of each person to a lemon acid, it into a cup of sweet lemonade, this is our need to do, Carnegie, said: " True happiness is not pleasant, it is more than a victory. "Right, sometimes you win in possession of forged by the unfortunate, it is not in itself be good, but your training. Is you get rich inner world, can only become a victory.
Also as the title "human weakness", is full of human weaknesses, but because there are weaknesses, we may look forward to tomorrow will be better, be more perfect.