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Unformatted text preview: Matthew Fende October 11, 2007 CAMS45, Section 8 Paper #2 Achilles in the Iliad The character of Achilles in the Iliad is undoubtedly the protagonist of the story and although his displays of heroism are scarce throughout the epic, Achilles is indeed a great hero to be remembered. He shows excellence in battle and has good looks, both which are general characteristics of a hero, but his emotions fluctuate and often get the best of him, he is quite stubborn when he does not get his way, he can be indecisive at times, and his ideas of revenge are crude and disrespectful even for revenges sake. The Iliad is often referred to as the story of the Wrath of Achilles. This reference alone should raise the question: how can a heroic figure be wrathful? Achilles generates an air of stubbornness throughout a majority of the story stemming from when Agamemnon takes back one of Achilles spoils of war, Briseis, in book one. Technically Agamemnon has the right and the power to do so, but it is still a sign of disrespect and dishonor in...
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2008 for the course CAMS 045 taught by Professor Polk,bryanedward during the Fall '07 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.
- Fall '07
- The Iliad, War, Achilles, Hector, Agamemnon, Priam, Patroclus, Odysseus