Date of publication: 2017-08-31 05:38
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Audaciously, then, Priam sets out to embrace chance, which is to challenge the way things are and try something completely new. The ransom is “Something impossible. Something new”. The ransom is liberating, offering Priam the chance to break free of the obligation of being always the hero.
Using this ransom as a backdrop, Malouf focuses our attention on the dual aspects of Achilles’ nature as he struggles to cope with his grief. He slays Hector in revenge, and, barbarically destroys Hector’s body which he drags through the dust. However, rather than a release, he gives vent to “self consuming rage” and is enshrouded with a “clogging grey web” that lays waste to his warrior spirit.
But the vision is also audaciously Priam’s own, because “I have thought of it”. Iris explains that chance is the “way things are. Not the way things must be, but the way they have turned out.” And by speaking the word “chance” aloud, Priam recasts it as his own. Typically, Malouf ambiguously states that it is “possible because it is not possible”, and it is for this very contradictory reason that Priam believes it must be attempted. “And because it is simple,” although it involves the complicated process of travelling into enemy heartland. Priam recognises that he can change the course of his life, and he tries to “force events into a different course” however, he knows that he cannot change his death, the details of which have been ordained.
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During war-time in ancient Greek history, women were taken as booty of war, while men were either ransomed or killed on the battlefield. Generally, a prisoner of war remained as a hostage, while a ransom was raised. It was a fee paid to the victor.
Imagos disputed Mauer’s characterization, writing in court filings that she had asked for time off and eventually chose to left the Imagos team. “Then, suddenly Alex became demanding,” wrote Imagos. “Alex claimed that she wasn’t paid and that she had rights to Starr Mazer and others of Plaintiff’s Works. [Imagos director Don Thacker] tried to resolve the matter, making several offers to Alex. Alex didn’t seem interested in any resolution whatsoever. Alex was a contributor to a larger audiovisual work, under written contract, and with an express work-for-hire clause. Plaintiffs’ video games and related content are therefore Plaintiffs’ property.”
Set during the final year of the Trojan War, David Malouf’s novel, Ransom, focuses upon the heroic feats of warriors both on and off the battlefield. Whilst Achilles and Priam both suffer the loss of a loved one, their responses differ. Priam’s new and audacious plan to recover his son’s, Hector’s, body becomes the focus of his transformation. Despite his sorrow, Priam turns the occasion into a positive shared experience with his enemy. Accordingly, Malouf suggests forgivness and not revenge can help us celebrate our humanity. Also, family bonds, and humble actions can link us with our “true” selves.
While Crenna writes that their lawyers have told them that there is no legal basis for Mauer’s claims, they will be commissioning a new soundtrack for the game. “Being legally right is only half the story – as a practical matter, the costs of legal action would put console development plans on hold, perhaps indefinitely,” he wrote. “We don’t have any interest in spending our time and our energy dealing with this matter further.”