Achilles Character Analysis

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In the Ancient Greek and Roman times, there are always men going on quests or fighting extraordinary battles. Most of these men are descendants of the gods which meant they are destined for greatness, doom, or frequently both. Achilles is one of those Classical Greek heroes. In his story he is transformed from an arrogant and narrow-minded brute, to a noble hero who cares for more than who his next opponent is. Achilles comes from a small city in Greece called Larissa where his mother and cousin both live. Achilles teaches his cousin Patroclus how to fight like him, making Achilles the archetypal Mentor. In the hero 's “Normal” world, he enjoys women, eating, and fighting enemies. Though Achilles sends the vibe that he only fights because …show more content…
Their first of many challenges result in a seize of the beach, while the Trojans run back to their city. Achilles’ group of men are considered the Hero’s archetypal loyal group of companions. They will stick by Achilles in all the attempts to take Troy. Achilles confidently tells his men in the movie , “ [Apollo] is a patron of Troy, our enemy. Take whatever treasure you can find” as they raid Apollo 's temple. Achilles cuts off the head of Apollo 's statue in front of his own temple just to make the point that he doesn 't need gods to help him, and that Achilles is not afraid of them. His actions again show his arrogance with the gods. After the short battle, Briseis is brought to Achilles’ tent, whom he develops a fondness for. He immediately unties her showing that he doesn 't mean her harm. Briseis could be viewed as the Damsel in distress because the hero saves her multiple times from the threat of other men. Agamemnon knew taking Briseis would infuriate Achilles, in hopes that he could have control over Achilles. The hero is realizing Agamemnon has placed himself on his personal life, and Achilles does not want that. Now Achilles has to defend his personal life, which includes Briseis. This is where Achilles begins to …show more content…
When the hero talks about seeing the faces of the men he has killed, he is actually thinking of his past and his choices instead of thinking about his future, and how he will get his name recognized. He 's thinking about what will happen at the end of his life, and not about the glory he will achieve after his end. When Hector kills Ajax, Achilles realizes he will to have to fight, however for the first time in his life he doesn 't want to. When Achilles rescues Briseis from the soldiers, he reveals his compassionate side, and his capability to care for more than just fighting. The fact that Achilles opens up to her, shows that he wants her to know he 's more than the soldiers she

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