edits: helen

Helen is not of Troy
and not of Sparta.
She does not live in the towers of burning Ilium,
or the ruined palaces of once-great Greece–
No, she is found between the folds of history
over and over and over again.

Blamed and de-famed and cruelly scorned,
She is every woman who bears the burden
of the faults of men and gods.

She is all of us–
History repeating itself,
maybe to punish
maybe to teach
maybe to remind
But it does not matter–
Whatever might be the ill-taught lesson,
the shouts of the imprisoned and deprived
are forever lost in the clanging of weapons,
false pride
and forgotten women.

Sing, o goddess, the rage of Helen
–which launched not a thousand ships
but was stifled and silenced
by a war fought wrongly in her honour.

—  sing, o goddess, the rage of helen | by prithvi. p
What in fact is Helen the paradigm for? As justification for why men should wage war for a decade, her erotic aura is so overwhelming that even the Trojan elders acknowledge its irresistibility; yet she herself makes an effort to resist erōs. On the one hand, then, she is the contended object, the prize whose seizure prompts battle, according to the warriors’ own ideological representations; on the other hand, she is in Iliadic representation a speaking subject, a human being given voice in the epic, a woman who exceeds the meanings men have made of her, even as her sisters in captivity (Briseis) and marriage (Andromache) are given epic voice. Representing both the alienated condition of a Briseis and the assimilated condition of an Andromache, Helen’s speech is introspective, questioning, critical and self-critical, regretful, realistic.
—  Nancy Felson & Laura Slatkin, Gender and Homeric Epic

anonymous asked:

I just want to give everyone a gift but im not sure what i could give to them so...., - Gives Benny a flower necklace - Gives BP a new Set of brushes - Gives EJ a big hug - pets Hacker I will try better next time >.<

Ben: THANKS!!!

BP: New brushes for me? Thank you

Jack: Omg i feel so loved


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throw helen into a river, please