Essay about Plot Summary And Personal Response

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Plot Summary and Personal Response
Books 1-3
The first book starts with a conflict between Achilles and Agamemnon. The Achaeans had plundered a nearby city and had taken the daughter of a priest of Apollo. The priest came with gold to get his daughter back, but Agamemnon refused. The priest called upon Apollo to bring his wrath down upon them, and Apollo unleashed a plague. The plague raged until Agamemnon returned the girl. Agamemnon then claimed Achilles’ ‘prize’ Briseis as compensation, despite Achilles threatening to leave the army. Achilles then asked his mother to get the aid of Zeus for the opposing army. Thetis, his mother does this, and Zeus agrees to help. Zeus sent a dream down to Agamemnon telling him that if he attacks now, he will take Troy. Agamemnon gathered his troops and told them that they can go home, because the gods have abandoned them, as way of testing their spirit. They all ran to the boats to leave. Athena came and heartened Odysseus who then rallies all the troops back for battle, except Achilles’ who stay behind and brood. Homer then listed all of the troops from the two armies. The armies met and Paris, who started the conflict, challenged any of Achaean leaders to single combat. Menelaus accepted and Paris hid in fear. Hector reprimanded him for his cowardice. Paris and Menelaus battled and Paris would have died in combat, except Aphrodite whisked Paris back to his rooms at the last minute. Agamemnon declared Menelaus the winner and…

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