Achilles As Hero
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|Achilles As Hero
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 amount of tension building between the both of them. Apollo has been wiping out the Achaean army for nine days (years) because of a priest's daughter who has been kidnapped. Through some questioning, it is derived that the only way Apollo will stop killing the Achaean army is if Agamemnon returns Chryseis. In addition, the only way Agamemnon will return Chryseis is if he can have Achilles' own mistress, Briseis. When they finally came face to face, there was a larg...
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