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Unformatted text preview: English 208 The Iliad and The Odyssey 1. Compare the conflict between Menelaus and Paris with the conflict between Agamemnon and Achilles. In comparing the conflict between Menelaus and Paris with the conflict between Agamemnon and Achilles, both conflicts involve the struggle for love and the desire for revenge. Helen, the wife of Menelaus, abandons her husband for the love of Paris, Prince of Troy. In revenge of his wifes abandonment, Menelaus declares war on Troy. Briseis, captive and love interest of Achilles, is stolen from Achilles tent by Agamemnon. Because of this treachery, Achilles, the Greeks greatest warrior, refuses to engage in battle with the Trojans, to enhance Agamemnons glory. Achilles also seeks revenge against Hector and the Trojans for the death of his dearest friend, Patroclus, whom he loved deeply. Love and the desire for revenge are the foundation of both conflicts. 2. Describe the treatment of Hectors body after his defeat. Achilles treatment of Hectors body after his defeat symbolizes the rage felt by Achilles over the death of his friend, Patroclus. Achilles slits Hectors heels, passes straps of rawhide through the slits, and attaches the straps behind his chariot. He drags Hectors corpse behind his chariot, through the dust to his camp (Iliad 22.467-74). chariot, through the dust to his camp (Iliad 22....
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