The Iliad and Achilles

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The character exhibited emotions which were responsible for heroic forcefulness that was provoked by and reacted to the actions of others, and interpreted as reactions to provocations; however, at the center of the emotions is anger. In the Iliad, Homer portrays Achilles as a character with multiple temperaments ranging from superhuman strength and courage, vengeful and quick to anger and could be petulant when conditions were not favorable, to deeply loyal and would sacrifice anything for friends and family. The character of Achilles reflected attributes of a lover of war, vengeful and intense anger, love, suffering, pain, and heroic duty.
Homer’s story focuses on a battle that took place before Book 11 of The Iliad when Agamemnon ad taken as a concubine a young Trojan woman named Chryseis. Chryseis’ father, a priest of Apollo, tried to buy the freedom of Chryseis, but Agamemnon mocked the request and refused to release the girl. Angered by the decision, Apollo punished the Greek armies by sending a plague to kill the soldiers one by one. As the ranks thinned Agamemnon finally agreed to allow Chryseis to return home, however, a replacement was demanded in exchange: Achilles’ wife, the Trojan princess Breseis. Achilles obediently relinquished his bride, and then angrily announced there would no longer be ties of loyalty…
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