Rage In The Iliad

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The first words of the Iliad sets the scene of the major characters, the conflicts, and the themes of the epic. The single word “rage” the story begins with embodies the main subject “that cost the Achaeans countless losses” (I. 2). This rage derives from Achilles, the protagonist, which is focused on the war between the Trojans and the Argives and also the clash between him and King Agamemnon. His wrath is invoked by the injury of his pride from the king. Losing his honor and his love Briseis, he abandons the army and will not return to war unless his reputation as the greatest warrior of the Archaeans is restored. The emotions of Achilles manipulates not only the war, but also higher beings; his anger compels “will of Zeus”, who is regarded

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