COMBAT AND THE BEDROOM – THE WAR BEGINS
The War Begins
The singer goes back in time and asks; how could such a war break out?
He answers the question in two ways, each embodied in a singing.
Book 3. The singer goes to a time when to the world was young and fresh and a war could be undertaken for the sake of the most beautiful woman in the world, admired by both sides and seen as a reasonable goal of fighting.
But that admired woman – Helen – will like the warriors after her, find herself caught up in a process beyond herself. She turns from agent into victim, compelled to go to her husband’s bed although she no longer loves him, as throughout the Iliad. The one who thinks she is in control is controlled by forces to which she had entrusted herself.
Book 4. The question is revisited in a different way. The cause of war is now treachery, a truce violated as it was when Paris received hospitality and abducted his host’s wife.
The fighting can now resume in vicious earnest.