An Analysis Of Homer 's Iliad ' Achilles '

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To be Honored or Dishonored? During the Trojan War, dying with honor, glory, and power at a young age was worth more than staying alive. Being honored as the central figure in songs that are passed from generation to generation is the goal of warriors during the Trojan War era, but what or who determines who is honored and dishonored? Does mental characteristics matter, or is it just by the number of men murdered and women captured? In Homer’s Iliad, Achilles is one of the most despised characters in the book, however, he and his infamous wrath is still discussed thousands of years later. Americans even uses the phrase “Achilles Heel” to describe a weakness in spite of overall strength. Achilles’ arrogance, attention seeking, and sociopathic behavior has earned him all the honor, glory, and power. So I ask, does the great warrior of Achaean, Achilles, deserve to be honored or dishonored?
In the beginning of Homer’s Iliad to the end, we were introduced to many of Achilles behavioral traits. One of the first characteristics we encounter is Achilles’ whiner trait. In Book One he and Agamemnon are in a quarrel because Agamemnon has dishonored him and has taking away his prize, Briseis. Achilles than confides in his mother, Thetis, about how he has been dishonored. Introducing to us another character trait, selfishness, he then begs his mother to persuade Zeus to let the Achaeans fail without him, which she does. In the midst of the Trojan War, Achilles refuses to participate…

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