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What Role Does Achilles Play In The Iliad

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In The Iliad one sees the character of Patroclus take upon a significant role as the poem progresses. Patroclus, the cousin and best friend of Achilles significance does not come from what he does or doesn’t accomplish on the battlefield, but comes from his significance to the Great fighter Achilles. Patroclus’s primary role and function in this poem up until his death is the partial fulfillment of Achilles fate and the reason Achilles decides to return to battle.
Earlier within The Iliad Thetis, the mother of Achilles provided Achilles with his potential fates regarding him going or not going to Troy. The most important part of this prophecy at the time was that if Achilles chose to go to Troy he would die and have Kleos, but if he chose
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