Achilles ' Philosophy Of ' The Iliad ' Essay

786 Words Oct 11th, 2015 4 Pages
Achilles’ Approach to Life. The Iliad, a magnificent narrative to say the least, is an epic that focuses on the behavioral development of the main character Achilles. In addition to that, the epic carries through the conflict of two prevalent civilizations during that era. Greece and Troy are engaged in a bloodshed war that is sparkled up through the abduction of the queen of Sparta Helen, orchestrated by Paris the prince of Troy. It is imperative to understand that both nations have not had excellent diplomatic relations prior to this incident. Menelaus’ public humiliation not only intensifies the tensions between the two civilizations, it equally allows Agamemnon, king of Greece, to seize over the great city of Troy and to defend the honor of his brother Menelaus.
In our class discussions, we learned that, in an epic, the actions that the central figure partakes in, are essential to the fate of his nation. With that being said, I will now examine the behavior of Achilles and how his approach to life in regards to his code of values greatly influences the Achaean army and how his behavior give us insight on Homer’s views of war. In the opening book of the epic, readers quickly learn about how the story will shape out, Rage—Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus’ son Achilles, Murderous, doomed, that cost the Achaeans countless losses, Hurling down to the House of Death so many sturdy souls, Great fighters’ souls, but made their bodies carrion, Feasts for the dogs and…

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