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Unformatted text preview: ecause of the way he has treated us. For anger has to do with
individuals. This is plain from the definition. Hence the poet has well written:
"Say that it was Odysseus, sacker of cities, "
implying that Odysseus would not have considered himself avenged unless the Cyclops
perceived both by whom and for what he had been blinded. Consequently we do not get
angry with any one who cannot be aware of our anger, and in particular we cease to be
angry with people once they are dead, for we feel that the worst has been done to them, and
that they will neither feel pain nor anything else that we in our anger aim at making them
feel. And therefore the poet has well made Apollo say, in order to put a stop to the anger of
Achilles against the dead Hector,
"For behold in his fury he doeth despite to the senseless clay. " It is now plain that when you wish to calm others you must draw upon these lines of
argument; you must put your hearers into the corresponding frame of mind, and represent
those with whom they are angry as formidable, or as worthy of reverence, or as benefactors,
or as involuntar...
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