Pride And Greed In The Iliad

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The Iliad is an epic Greek poem created by Homer who is known as the first and greatest epic poet. The Iliad revolves around a malicious war between the Greeks and Trojans. The Iliad actually takes place in the tenth year of this war. During this war numerous characters endured different struggles because of their own greed and pride. “My word, how mortals take the gods to task! All their afflictions come from us, we hear. And what of their own failings? Greed and folly double the suffering in the lot of man.” This quote pertains to the Iliad because characters such as Achilles, Agamemnon, and Hector struggles stem from their own greed and not that of the Gods. Achilles is one of the main characters in the Iliad. He is the son of Peleus and Thetis. He is an asset to the Greeks because he is their greatest fighter; however his actions are not always in …show more content…
He is the King of Mycenae and commander-in-chief of the Greek army. Agamemnon and Achilles possess similar attributes where they both are very prideful. However unlike Achilles, Agamemnon is also very greedy. He feels entitled to the whole world. These attributes was a critical reason why the Greeks endured many struggles throughout the war. One struggle that the Greeks faced during the war was Achilles removing his self from the war. Achilles removed his self from the war because of Agamemnon took Briseis, his war prize. Another struggle the Greeks endured due to Agamemnon malicious ways was the plague that overtook the camp. This plague was created by Apollo It was so harsh that it eliminated half of the Greek army. The plague attacked the Greek camp because Agamemnon would not grant Chryseis, who was a war prize back to her father. Thus resulting in her father, Chryses, praying to Apollo for the Greeks to lose the war. As I now understand, Agamemnon encountered many struggles due to his own greed and not that of the

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