In Christa Wolf's Cassandra, The Story Of The Fall Of Troy Is Cleverly

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In Christa Wolf's Cassandra, the story of the fall of Troy is cleverly
retold in a monologue that focuses on patriarchy and war.

In Christa Wolf's Cassandra, the story of the fall of Troy is cleverly
retold in a monologue that focuses on patriarchy and war. The novel
tells the tale of the Trojan War through the eyes of Cassandra, who is
the daughter of Priam and prisoner of Agamemnon. While reading the
book, the reader must wonder what changes Troy is going through before
and after the war. In the months leading up to the war, changes to
Troy were already starting to develop as its tension with Greece
increased. However, these changes didn't become obvious until after
the war was over with.

In the beginning, Troy was meant to be a perfect city built by the
Gods. After it was taken over by humans, it was a proud and happy city
that was full of freedom. The women in Troy were especially free,
given most of the same freedoms as men were given. King Priam and
Queen Hecuba ruled together and made mutual decisions. Other women in
the city were given important positions as well. This is what made
Troy a special city, unique from the other cities at the time. As the
tension between Troy and Greece heightened, Troy did everything in its
power to ward off the Greeks. The Trojans were known to be a race of
kind people who fought with honor. The Greeks, however, were known as
the "bad boys" and never fought by the rules. This is illustrated
throughout the war, from the Troilus versus Achilles fight to the very
end when the Trojan horse slipped through the gates of Troy. To win
the war, the Trojans felt they must fight unfairly as the Greeks did.
This is how they started to change.

As the war raged on, Troy became more like its enemy-the Greeks. This
isn't good because even if the Trojans had won the war and driven the
Greeks out, their post-

war society would have been very different from the pre-war society.
The Trojans would have lost everything they stood for. One part of war
is to kill more people than your opponent, but you must keep your
dignity in doing so. If the Trojans had succeeded in keeping the
Greeks out of their city, then the Greeks wouldn't have viewed it as a
total loss. This is because the Greeks turned the Trojans into one of
their own kind deceptive, dishonest, and dishonorable. The Trojans no
longer knew what they were fighting for. "Then we all forgot the
reason for the war." (Wolf 68) They had two enemies-the Greeks and
themselves. On one hand, they wanted to kill off the Greeks, but on
the other hand, they are fighting a battle with...

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