Marshall Pickett Professor Shelmerdine CC 303 23 October 2007 The Essence of Mortality Over the course of the Iliad, Achilles’ attitude toward his mortality changes. From the first book we get a glimpse at Achilles’ fate, and can see that it heads down two diverse roads. One is with glory and death, while the other leads to no glory but a long and happy life. Achilles must choose his destiny and decide which path to tread. At first he is upset because Agamemnon dishonored him by insulting him and taking away his war prize, Briseis. This conflict causes Achilles to withdraw from fighting. He even becomes so overburdened with grief and rage that he wants to sail back home. He would rather live back at home without anyone remembering his name than fight a war for Agamemnon where he would just steal all of his glory. But after many Greeks had died (including his best friend, Patroclus), and it looked like they were going to be forced off the beach, Achilles was finally persuaded to drop his rage and enter back into the war. This is the turning point where Achilles now understands that he must accept his fate and
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