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  • Maturing Of Achilles
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    From the very beginning of the poem, the character Achilles is one of the major foci of the story. His actions of lack of actions have enormous effects upon how the plot unfolds. Starting with the fight with Agamemnon and his withdrawal from the battle, to the death of Patroklos, and finally to the slaying of Hektor, Achilles and his emotions decide the fate of many Greek and Trojan warriors. It is his struggle against his anger, pride, loyalty, and love that make this poem one of a tragic natur...
  • Shows Achilles Anger
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    The Iliad may be seen as an account of the circumstances that irrevocably alter the life of one man: Achilles, one of the greatest warriors. Throughout the course of the poem Achilles goes through many ordeals that change his character immensely. Starting with his quarrel with Agamemnon and withdrawal from battle, to the death of Patroklos, and with the slaying of Hektor. Achilles emotions and actions decide the fate of many warriors on both sides. Achilles struggles with anger, honor, pride, lo...
  • Achilles Homer
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    Achilles: The Super Yuppie In the beginning of Homer's The Iliad, Achilles is arguing with Agamemnon over a girl. Since Achilles does not get what he wants, he decides to leave the battle that they are in. However, this is no small battle, this is the Trojan War. Achilles action shapes the outcome of the battle, for the next fifteen or so books, with the Greeks losing. One can conclude, after reading The Iliad that Achilles is so self-centered that he kills in battle for glory, not honor; that A...
  • Killing Of Hector By Achilles
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    Before it was written, The Iliad was a poem told orally by the Greeks. The Iliad presents modern day readers with information about the Greek society many years ago in the B.C. time period. This poem portrays the important values of the Greek society during a heroic age. This heroic age is conveyed by one main character, Achilles. Achilles represents the tragic Greek hero in The Iliad, tragic because he chose his own death. Achilles knew (because of his mother Thetis), that he could either lead ...
  • Achilles And King Priam
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    Respect for authority plays an important role in The Iliad. Achilles is a major character in it whose views on authority change throughout the book. In Book One, he seems to have no respect for King Agamemnon. Achilles questions his judgment as well as rebelling against his authority. This is shown best when Achilles says, "What a worthless, burnt-out coward I'd be called if I would submit to you and all your orders". (Pg. 87 line 43-45). This is an outright lack of respect directed toward Agame...
  • Achilles And Agamemnon
    508 words
    Despite the grand scope of Homer's epics -- which present warfare, heroism, adventure and divinity as forces that shape human destiny - The Iliad may be seen as an account of the circumstances that irrevocably alter the life of one man: Achilles, greatest of warriors. Through the course of the poem, Achilles goes through many ordeals, which changes his character immensely. One example of such a character change is when he is quarreling with Agamemnon. Achilles and Agamemnon have an extreme amoun...
  • Achilles And Agamemnon
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    In the works written by Homer who nothing is known about him but his name. The Greeks believed that he was blind. The Greeks also believe that the Iliad, and the odyssey is a great Masterpiece written by Homer. The Iliad is the first written of the two poems. It is a war fought by the Trojans against the Achaeans for the recovery of Helen, the wife of Achaean Manilas. The battle for Helen took place in troy. In book one the two main characters in the Iliad are Achilles and Agamemnon. The subject...
  • Agamemnon Orders Achilles
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    The Iliad Focus Questions Book I 1. What do the first six lines tell us about Achilles? The first six lines tell us that Achilles might be a military general or some one who can lead Greeks into battle, It states that Achilles is full of rage also that he is murderous, and doomed. I would think this meant that he would be going to "hell" for all the bad and murder that he has done. It says that he has killed a lot of people "hurling down to the House of Death so many sturdy souls" (stanza 1, lin...
  • Trojans And Achaians
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    The Illiad is a story that deals with a small part of the Trojan War. The cause of this war is when Paris, the prince of Troy, sailed to Sparta, seduced and abducted Helen and returned to Troy. When Menelaos discovered that his wife was gone, he gathered a number of Greek generals together to go with him, conquer Troy, and retrieve his wife. However, the Illiad only covers a few months during the tenth year of the war. In this time, many important events took place that could have possibly alter...
  • Fight Between Achilles And Hector
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    The Iliad is an epic that tells the story of how Achilles avenges the death of his friend Petrocolus. Many of the events that took place were influenced by the God's. The God either had control of the situation or took control of the situation at some point in time, not allowing the free will of the mortals to interfere with what was destined to happen. In the beginning of the Iliad, Agamemnon who the commander-in-chief of the Achaean forces, takes a liking to the Chryseis and takes her away fro...
  • Qualities The Character Of Achilles
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    From the initial callousness and stubborn temper of Achilles in the first books of the Iliad to the eventual 'humanization' of Achilles in his interaction with the grieving father of Hector, whom Achilles himself slew, the Iliad can be seen to chronicle the maturation of the Greek hero during the terrible battles of the Trojan War. Achilles is a hero in the epic sense, complete with flaws and bad qualities that round out the character, but with passions and convictions that any reader can relate...
  • Achilles Of Greece And Hector Of Troy
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    Achilles vs. Hector The epic myth the Iliad, by Homer, portrayed the plight of a war between the Trojans and the Greeks. Achilles of Greece and Hector of Troy are the heroes that are crucial in the myth. The two main leaders of the war are Agamemnon and Paris who can be inadequate at times. Achilles and Hector have conflicts that progress during the myth, as the war around them rages. In the war the heroes have their fates sealed with prophecies and the underlying Homeric code. The Homeric code ...
  • Chryseis For Agamemnon And Briseis For Achilles
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    The Iliad Stephen Wong Important Characters: Agamemnon king of Mycenae; brother of Menelaos Hektor Prince of Troy; son of Priam and HekubaAchilles greatest warrior of the Achaian armyAias song of Telamon; he has brute strength andcourageMenelaos husband of Helen; brother of Agamemnon Paris a prince of Troy; also son of Priam andHekubaPriam King of Troy; very old man Helen wife of Menelaos; most beautiful woman Inthe world Diomedes one of the best Achaian warriorsHekuba wife of Priam Aeneas son o...
  • Pits Achilles The Runner Against Hector
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    Difference in Heroes (The Iliad) Dana Fleming EH 220 - Nunn ally Essay #1- 10/7/99 The Differences in Heroes "What a worthless, burnt-out coward I'd be called If I would submit to you and all your orders, Whatever you blurt out. Fling them at others, Don't give me commands! Never again, I trust, will Achilles yield to you - My hands will never do battle for that girl, Neither with you, King, nor any man Alive". (p 111) With these wrathful words of Achilles to his commander Agamemnon, so begins t...
  • Briseis From Achilles
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    ACHILLES: A HERO NO MORE In the introduction of the Essential Illiad given by Sheila Murnaghan, Achilles is labeled as "the greatest of the Greek heroes". In classic mythology a hero is a person of great strength and courage celebrated for bold exploits and is often the offspring of a mortal and a god. Achilles was the greatest fighter among the Greeks or Trojans and feared no man in battle. He was also the offspring of a mortal and a god so by classic mythology definition, Achilles was indeed a...
  • Hektor Strips Patroklos Of Achilles's Armor
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    Throughout history, the story of Homer's epic poem, The Iliad, and its hero, Achilles, has remained a work of literature to be considered by many a true classic. This epic tells the story of the madness of Achilles and how it transforms him from an angry warrior to one who struggles to understand and cope with his grief over losing his best friend Patroklos. The Greek word menis, meaning madness, is used to describe the state of mind that Achilles enters following his feud with Agamemnon, and fr...
  • Far As Diomedes Respect For Religious Authority
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    Criteria for Heroes The ancient Greeks had strict criteria for individuals to follow if they were to be seen as heroes. Above all, a man needed to be a skilled warrior, but this was not the only requirement. To be a hero, a warrior had to respect authority, both governmental and religious. The Greeks gave heroes no room for pride. These men were to be modest, not only giving credit to their culture and the gods for any great deeds they had done, but also accepting everything that happened as Fat...
  • Achilles Battles With Hector
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    Human nature is quite unpredictable and ever changing. As a result it leads to much destruction and creativity throughout life. Homer's epic poem The Iliad implies that the destructive aspect out ways the creative aspect just as it does in daily events. The destructiveness in this poem is emphasized through greed, the intertwining of mortals and immortals, and the actual accounts of battle. Greed is an underlying cause of the destructiveness in this poem. In book Agamemnon displays his greed fir...
  • Achilles Back Into Battle
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    The Iliad Achilles: Achilles is recognized by Greeks and Trojans as the greatest warrior of their time, and his mere presence on a battlefield could striker fear into his enemies. He is a character driven by intense anger and revenge throughout the story. His tragic flaw would in fact be his non-ability to control his emotions, which usually led him into trouble. One prime example of this would be when Agamemnon insulted him. After this happened he became so angry and bitter that he refused to h...
  • Agamemnon And Achilles
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    In the beginning divine intervention made enemies of Agamemnon and Achilles along with greed and jealousy. Achilles' hatred was so strong for Agamemnon that he dropped out of the war and left Agamemnon to fight on his own. Agamemnon became too greedy and relentless. Achilles hated Agamemnon, but Agamemnon didn't care because Zeus revealed his fate in a dream. Therefore, he became greedy for power and immortality. Achilles was upset that Agamemnon chose to keep Brevis, whom was the one thing that...

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