The Iliad In Descendants Of Troy

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The Iliad In the epic, The Iliad, in Descendants of Troy, by Sergio La Porta, Agamemnon, the King of the Greeks, and Priam, King of Troy, embark on an embassy with the intent to change Achilles’ mind, all while the Trojan War is taking place. Agamemnon’s goal was to convince the demi-god, Achilles, to continue fighting alongside the Greeks; Priam was only looking to recover the corpse of his son and Troy’s best warrior, Hector. Achilles, prideful as he is, had reasons to reject both kings, but instead conceded with Priam, his enemy’s father. The amount of pride Achilles has and the manner in which Priam and Agamemnon carried out their embassies is the explanation for why Priam, rather than Agamemnon, was more successful in changing Achilles’ …show more content…
Priam’s fatherly role greatly influenced Achilles. Priam brought up Peleus, Achilles’ own father, in the conversation they had. He considered Peleus lucky in a way because he still had his son while he himself didn’t. Priam came at a time when Achilles was in grief, having lost his great friend Patroclus in battle. Priam and Achilles shared the feeling a grief, making him more susceptible to Priam’s wishes. Another difference between Agamemnon and Priam that played an important role is that Priam just wanted to recollect his son’s body; he had no intention of hurting Achilles’ pride in any way. On the other hand, Agamemnon was in a deep battle of pride with Achilles. Priam also went personally to Achilles, showing his humility. He risked his own life to get his son’s corpse back to Troy; while Agamemnon did not show his face at all. Agamemnon sent Ajax, Odysseus, and Phoenix to face Achilles, showing his arrogance and pride. Priam’s humility and manner of carrying out the embassy is what made him successful as opposed to

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