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Achilles Decision Making In The Iliad Essay

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Homer foreshadows Achilles’ transformational power on the events of the Iliad in the first lines. For the purposes of this essay, we can focus on three important junctures in Achilles’ story where he makes decisions that alter the course of the entire poem. Achilles makes the first of these choices when he withdraws from the Trojan war. Agamemnon’s unreasonable decision to take Achilles’ prize is his direct motivation for withdrawal. Eventually, Achilles decides to reenter the war to avenge Patroclus’ death. This action is clearly motivated by revenge. The final important decision occurs when Achilles gives Hector’s body to Priam for proper burial. Achilles’ motivation in this instance is unclear, except that he does receive divine instructions
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