Tragic Speech For Achilleus

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Achilleus is a prideful person, his feud with Agamemnon has thrown the Achaians into a tough position. Seeing as Achilleus’ closest friends have failed to convince him to join the war, the most efficient way to persuade Achilleus is by telling him how foolish this fight has become, how he will become insignificant to Achains, and how his ignorance will continue to affect his closest friends and family. The menace Achilleus felt at first was justifiable, now he has turned it into a foolish fight. It is a saying that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. As for Achilleus, every action that was taken against him, “...anger of Peleus' son Achilleus / and its devastation, which put pains thousandfold upon the Achaians,” there is an even tragic response (1.1-2). Homer repeatedly describes Achilleus as “ glorious” and one who has a “godlike” presence (9.434, 494). Achilleus is looked upon by many people, yet he has a childish behavior when dishonored. Although he states “...honor is a thing I need not...,” it is a part of him and how he and others perceive him (9.607-8). If this statement was authentic to Achilleus’ character, he would have let go of his anger and joined the war when asked. After he is reminded of how bad this fight looks through another's perspective, he should be appealed to as Hera was by Hephaistos “This will be a disastrous matter and not endurable / if you too quarrel thus for the sake of mortals,” showing her how it does not become of her to

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