Friday, December 08, 2006

Teen quotein

I watched Troy yesterday night. Not till the end what with Dad calling out "Malkolo!! Bellage begyelbeku" ( SLEEP!! You've to get up early!!)
I watched it till the part where Achilles kills Hector.

Now there are three dialogues I like in this movie, of three different characters, Hector , Achilles and Ullysses . Here they are:

[The greek ships are about to land on the Trojan beach and Hector musters a cavalry force to defend the beach. Here's what he tells his men before he leads them to the beach]

All of my life I have lived by a code and the code is simple: honor the gods, love your woman - and defend your country. Troy is mother to us all. Fight for her!

[Here's what Achilles tells his Myrmidons just before they land on the beach]

Myrmidons! My brothers of the sword! I would rather fight beside you than any army of thousands! Let no man forget how menacing we are, we are lions! Do you know what's waiting beyond that beach? Immortality! Take it! It's yours!

[The greeks go on to win the battle and King Agamemnon calls for Achilles. When Achilles goes to Agamenon's tent, other thralls are about to leave. Ullyses whispers this (have put only a part here) into Achilles's ears as he passes by.]

War is young men dying and old men talking.

{Source : http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Troy}

Three men. Three perspectives.
The first quote is all about the duty aspect of war. How soldiers take pride in defending their homeland. The second symbolises the valour aspect of war. The bravery and the honour in war.

Its only Ullyses who putsforth war for what it truly is, dirty and evil. The other two are hogwash.

9 comments:

Aragorn said...
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Aragorn said...

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Troy...he he....exclaimation marks and hiphens at the identical places prove the replica... ;-) here are few dialogues which are not found in Wiki :

Achilles to Briseis : I don't fear death. How does it matter if it comes now or after fifty years from now???

Achilles to Priam : Your son was the greatest warrior I have ever fought.

Achilles to hector : Go home prince. Have wine with your wife today night.

Achilles : I do not have any king.

Agamemnon : Achilles is a single soldier. How does it matter if only he is not there??

Nice post dude...U should have seen the whole movie...really worth it to watch any no of times. The two fights which are really worth watching are the one with Hector and Achilles and the one with Hector and Ajax...what say??

Strider said...

Of course my source is wikipedia man!! (Lo tujhe tassali mile to post me source update kar deta hu)

Yeah I did watch both of the scenes you mention.

But what caught my attention was how three men see war differently ...

Di said...

absolutely love the quotes...powerful and simple.. :)

Strider said...

i know!
my fav is ofcourse that of achilles

but the most hard hitting is tht of Ullyses!
ever seen a politician die in a war??

The Eternally Confused... said...

:) Politicians dying in war is a rare sight indeed! A path breaking movie indeed Strider...

And a good post too! :) Brings out accurately how the same set of circumstances invoke different reactions in different people!

Strider said...

Thank you!

Welcome to my place! :-)

Isha Reddy said...

its a good movie

Strider said...

Yeah! sure is!!