Women of Troy | Literary devices in essays | Lisa's Study Guides



hey guys welcome back to Lisa's study guides I'm Lisa in case you didn't know already today we're going to be talking about or women of Troy and I know that not as many of you actually studying this text so I'm really glad that I'm able to spend some time and curate some resources for you guys that isn't quite as readily available and I wanted to say a massive thank you to Lindsey who helped me write up this youtube script and she's also created a blog post which I'll just link up above for you so if you enjoy this video and you wanted to find out more about the women of Troy then beans characters basically a little study guide for you is available on my website so head today to check out if you wanted to read further and get more knowledge for your sack and exam now before we move into the essay prompt I'm going to give you a quick summary of the text staged in a patriarchal society Women of Troy was set during the immediate aftermath of the Trojan War a war between the Greeks and the Trojans heckuva is the former queen of Troy who suffered so much loss as the mother of her children as well as the mother of Troy she lost her son Hector and her husband in the Trojan War her daughter Pollux Xena also died and cassandra was pranked after the greeks won women were allocated to greek households and forced into slavery including the queen of troy she was also the mother of Paris the Prince of Troy it was purported that Paris and Helen were responsible for initiating the war as Helen was governed by her lust for Paris and left milliner's the Spartan Prince for this young Prince of Troy consequently mellowness was enraged by this elopement and declared that he wanted Helen dead as a punishment for her disloyalty Helen defended herself and lied that he was against her will crying as she was kidnapped and blamed Hickey before the fall of Troy and for the conflict between the two sides however milliner's did not believe in what Helen had to say and decided to bring her back to a home on a separate ship the play ended with the Greek ships leaving Troy which was then on fire the Trojans sang a sad song together as they left to prepare the new lives are slaves living in greek households the play's main focus is on the suffering of women as exemplified by the way the repartee is chose to portray hecuba's loss and Cassandra's helplessness so as I hope for today is how does your rep ADIZ use the structure of the play to explore the role of women and the suffering in the time of war this is definitely one of the more challenging props that Vika is more on the unlikely side to give you in exam however I have seen schools in their sacs give these type of language technique or language device structure based prompts during sacs so I think it's a really great idea for you to practice these we haven't done anything like this on our channel before so even if you're not studying this text good on you for you know staying here and watching this through because this is one type of prompt it's a language / structure type of prop which requires you to find different types of evidence to back up your arguments rather than just looking at quotes you're now looking for things like symbolism metaphors stage directions to help you really answer the prompt so let's get into it the first thing I always do is look for keywords the keywords in this prompt a structure role of women and suffering with the structure as a play we can potentially talk about character related evidence like the strong female character base language related features such as meta language and literary devices or plot related features like events including irony and foreshadowing in a male-dominated patriarchal society women are often time oppressed and seen as inferior their roles in the society are limited they are only seen as domestic housewives and mothers is important to look for evidence that either support or contradict this statement so ask yourself these your biddies trying to support the statement and agree that women are simply creatures of emotions that should only stick with their domestic duties or is he trying to criticize this belief by showing that women are so much more than just stories being covered emotions since this plane primarily focuses on the cost of war and how women as innocent bystanders have to suffer as a result of the Trojan War it shouldn't be difficult finding evidence related to women suffering these might include hecuba's loss so she lost her home and children all hecuba's pain like being blamed for Troy's ruin Cassandra's helplessness despite knowing her fate surrendering and accepting her future or a dreamy key is better fate having to give up her child or the chorus voicing their opinion about slavery once a prompt is carefully broken down it's no longer that scary because all we have to do now is organize our thoughts and write out our topic sentences forty paragraph one Europe UTS constructs a strong female character base to contradict the prevailing views of the period that women are inferior to their male counterparts it is significant that your repartee is chose to have a strong female protagonist as a character herself acts as a diatribe against the patriarchal society contradicting any ingrained beliefs that pervade it to society at the time an example of an evidence that can support this statement is the ways in which Hecuba dominates the stage while giving her opening limitation the lengthy nature of the monologue itself enables the Europeans to present his Purdue feminist ideas and go against the hellenic gendered prejudice we can also talk about Hecky of his leadership and her interaction with the chorus of Trojan women she refers to them as my children and employs the simile a mother at a plundered nest the way he reputa structs the relationship between the characters is worth mentioning since Hecuba in this play is portrayed as a passionate and empathetic leader showing that women are also capable of leading others in a way that engenders a sense of camaraderie between them another good thinking point is to talk about how Helen acts as a paradigm of a group of women who had turned to deception and went against the integrity to survive in time of tragedy body paragraph 2 you repetative use of language and literary devices in portraying women's pain and suffering further enables him to portray the ways in which women as innocent bystanders are oppressed in time of war an example of a mental anguish used in this play is the animal imagery the chorus used to depict hecuba's pain by referring to a pain as a howl of agony they intensify the magnitude of hecuba's pain as the term how is usually used to describe a loud cry usually uttered by animals like wolves this implies that Hecuba who acts as representative of Hellenic women has to suffer an emotional turmoil that is far beyond bearable which in turn further fortifies the audience sympathy for her as well as the Trojan women another piece of evidence that I would talk about is a simile dragged as a slave it's used to describe Hecuba the former queen of Troy by likening someone who used to be at a position of power – a slave Europe ease underscores the drastic change in circumstances that occurred as a result of the Trojan War magnifying the tremendous amount of loss Hecuba experienced furthermore the image of the protagonists devastated physical state enhances the dramatist condemnation of war as allows him to elucidate the detrimental impact such violence and dreadfulness impose upon innocent bystanders there are of course plenty of other evidence like when Cassandra is portrayed as a poor mad child her helplessness surrending to her wretched fate with Agamemnon who wanted her for himself we can also talk about the inclusive language positing a misery L home used by the chorus in echoing hecuba's pain etc the use of symbolism can also be discussed for instance the Citadel in the city of Troy in the epilogue acts as a metonym for hecuba's resistance before entering slavery the image of a crumbling exemplifies woman's helplessness and enhances the nursin that they are still in positions of explicit subjugation paragraph 3 while Europe it is primarily focuses on women's pain and suffering he does not completely vilify men or victimized women maintaining an unbiased view so as to underscore the importance of integrity through his characterization of birth male and female character the last 40 paragraph of our essays is often the one used to challenge the prompt showing the Assessors our wealth of ideas and depth of knowledge basically what we are to say is while the playwright is obviously per woman he definitely does not condone everything women do and criticize everything men do in this way we have the opportunity to explore the ways characters are constructed and the ways they are used in the plane to convey its meaning if I were to write an essay on this I would talk about tell fabulous and Helen mainly because they're both complex characters that the audience cannot fully love or hate tell me he is surprisingly sympathetic towards women establishing himself as a complicated figure this is epitomized through the ways in which he employs youthful mystique language when announcing the dreadful news to Hecuba he tries his best to be sensitive and mitigate the impacts of hecuba's daughter's death to her and now seeing that polisena is to serve achilles and his tomb and that her fate is settled all her troubles are over he is sensitive and subtle instead of abruptly delivering the news while he represents an enemy state he shows that men can also be passionate contradicting the phallocentric belief that men should only be governed by cool logics you want to tell PBS Helen is also a complicated figure as she is both a victim of fate and a selfish character it is possible for the audience to sympathize with her as she is merely a victim of fortune in that she was bewitched by Aphrodite and governed by her love for Paris the Prince of Troy however the ways in which she shifts the blame to Hecuba and makes her please prove to the audience from completely sympathizing with her in a way renders her as a self-absorbed and repugnant character this notion is further fortified by the fact that she cares so little tens of thousands of lives taken on behalf as the phrase quantifiers and magnifies the cataclysmic consequences of her lust for Paris I hope this was helpful for you guys as you can see I've put a lot of the words that are to do with meta language on the screen for you so what I recommend you is to go away from here and start reviewing the book again and trying to find you know things like symbols metaphors similes personification stage directions I'll also link you to a list of meta language terms just to get you familiarized with them and I wish you all the best when you're studying women of Troy it's definitely a really great text once you get into it so I hope that you guys can really dive deep and find that meaning that will speak to you as well have a lovely week guys Chiqui next week bye

5 thoughts on “Women of Troy | Literary devices in essays | Lisa's Study Guides

  1. Thank you so much for making this video. I am a student from Germany and am doing a presentation on this play in my Greek class. This was super helpful

  2. I’m out at the moment so can’t add the links to description box, but in the meantime:

    STUDY GUIDE: https://www.vcestudyguides.com/blog/women-of-troy-by-euripedes-don-taylors-version

    ESSAY TOPICS: https://www.vcestudyguides.com/blog/women-of-troy-essay-topics

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