"Name a hero who was happy": a gender studies analysis of Madeline Miller's the Song of Achilles
Jiménez Otero, Carla
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The use of mythology seems to be a recurring occurrence on contemporary authors, who are going back to the classics and are writing new narratives challenging the social system of the period they were written in. The American writer Madeline Miller has become one of the most acclaimed authors to put this technique into practice, in her debut novel The Song of Achilles (2011). In her rewriting of the Homer’s Iliad, Miller narrates the story of the Trojan War through Patroclus’ point of view, focusing on the discriminative values in the original text, which are still perpetuated in our society. The aim of this dissertation is to analyse through Carl Jung’s theory, the way in which Achilles, Patroclus and Briseis are portrayed in Homer’s poem and in Miller’s novel, contrasting them with Simone De Beauvoir’s theory on Gender Studies and Lynne Segal’s research on Masculinity, among others. Ultimately, the analysis would demonstrate if Miller is successful in her task of honouring Homer’s most-well known poem, while differing on the patriarchal values infused in the Greek poet’s society, shifting them to send a message of acceptance and inclusiveness.
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