Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Iliad Of Homer ' Essays

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In The Iliad of Homer Hephaistos gives Achilleus a new shield because he wanted to give the Achaians an advantage and attempt to scare the Trojans into thinking that Patroklos was Achilleus. However his plan failed. Patroklos died with Achilleus’s armor on because Achilleus lent it to Patroklos and prayed he would come home safe, this did not happen and Hektor killed him. The armor, stolen, his body, surrounded by an army. Achilleus’s mother, Thetis, asked Hephaistos to make a shield and new armor for Achilleus. Hephaistos agrees with her, not wanting Thetis’s son to mourn his friend 's death anymore. This is why he chooses to make the armor out of exquisite metals, such as gold and silver, and to decorate the shield with elaborate images and stories that he knew Achilleus would react to. Hephaistos wants to cause Achilleus to react in an attempt to quicken his grieving process. This lets Achilleus start to get over his grieving for Patroklos and eventually want to avenge his death.
Thetis requests Hephaistos to craft Achilleus new armor because when Patroklos died he was wearing it and a crowd fight over who got the glory that comes with the armor. Thetis wishes to help Achilleus recover from Patroklos’s death at the hands of the Trojans. “ What he had lost with his steadfast companion/ when the Trojans killed him. Now my son lies on the ground, heart sorrowing.” (XVIII.460-61). In order to include some joy in Achilleus’s ill fated life, Thetis begs for Hephaistos to…

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