HBO (or Star movies, I can't remember correctly.) has been broadcasting "Troy" for a couple of days now. Of all the epic movies with jaw-dropping battle scenes, dazzling cinematography and good storytelling, I enjoy "Troy" a little bit more than the other titans like "Kingdom of Heaven" or "The Last Samurai", not because of it's actors or direction (though I'm a huge fan of Brad Pitt) but for the simple theme that guide the progress of the heroic warriors as they battle through blood and sands for the walls of Troy:
What makes a man a man?
With the fearless, full of pride, and other worldly talented warrior Achilles: It's about leaving his name in the course of history. He came to Troy with the ambitious king Agamemnon, for a moment of immortal, for a battle he knew people will speak about for thousands of years, long after his body had turned into ashes. He cared for nothing else, sacking the temple of Apollo like nothing, speaking rudely with his own king like he was a man of his level. But, as It turned out, his own pride - the motivation that drove him to this dangerous battle - had cause him many unexpected troubles. He disobeyed Agamemnon, refused to go to battle for the dispute of the beautiful princess Briseis of Troy. He nearly cause the downfall of the entire Greek Army, abandoning Greek soldiers when they were beaten up badly by the best archers of Troy and huge balls of fire.
And then came the ironic: love. The love he disdained at best. The love he had for Briseis, for his slain cousin Patroclus - kllied by the hand of the great protector of Troy: Price Hector - had turned him into a wild predator that roared for the glory it hungered. Achilles struck down Hector - the best sword-man and commander of Troy - in a one-on-one duel, with a vengeance in his heart and forever step in the hall of fame belonging to the legends. With the final blow he delivered to Hector's chess, Achilles marked the beginning of the end for Troy. The infamous Trojan horse and the rest is just history.
"All men must die!" - one had said. Paris - the second son of King Priam of Troy - shot down the bravest hero of Greek with an arrow to the heel. Achilles died in the burning city of Troy, saving the life of his love Briseis in his dying breath, bringing another meaning to the question he thought he had an answer.
What makes a man a man?
It's how he love. And how he died protecting that love.
Hector - the great father of his child and dedicated husband of his wife: queen Andromache - the man Achilles hated and respected most on the battlefield, knew the answer long before the Greek hero came.
Hector - brave and calm - fought for his country, for the love of his younger brother, the love of his father, and the love of his family. He died fighting to protect their future, not for a second thinking about any other privileges. Always seeking a peaceful way to end the war, the elder son of King Priam - ruler of Troy - is the answer that Achilles founded. The nearly unstoppable hero died the same way the Trojan Prince died: Protecting their love. At the end, both of the great men founded the peace that comforted their soul. The battle of Troy was over.
And, as the words flew by the wind of the crematorium, Ulysses - the man of his own adventure heading home - said the finest words:
"Men are haunted by the vastness of eternity. And so we ask ourselves: will our actions echo across the centuries? Will strangers hear our names long after we are gone, and wonder who we were, how bravely we fought, how fiercely we loved? If they ever tell my story let them say that I walked with giants. Men rise and fall like the winter wheat, but these names will never die. Let them say I lived in the time of Hector, tamer of horses. Let them say I lived in the time of Achilles."
Thank you for reading. Forgive my grammar mistakes, would you kindly? :)
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