|The Fate Of Patroclus
The Fate Of Patroclus
Throughout The Iliad Of Homer, the constant theme of death is inherently
apparent. Each main character, either by a spear or merely a scratch from an
arrow, was wounded or killed during the progression of the story. For Zeus' son,
Sarpedon, it was a spear through the heart, and for Hector, it was the bronze of
the mighty Achilles through his neck which caused his early demise. It seems
that no one could escape an agonizing fate. Of these deaths, the most
interesting and intriguing death of all is that of Achilles' dear friend
Patroclus. Although his life was taken by the mighty Hector's spear, who was
truly liable for his death? Could it have been Zeus or Hector or the mighty
Achilles to blame for this horrible death? The intricate story line of The
Iliad makes many possible answers available, but only one possibility
accurately explains the actions and events that led to this gruesome episode.
The only person to blame fo...