The Rage Of Achilles Rage In The Iliad

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Rage of Achilles The most important words of the Iliad for me are the first few; “Rage: Sing, Goddess, Achilles’ rage.” (1.1-2) These first words are beyond powerful because of the amount of foreshadowing that Homer gives for the rest of the book. Achilles has immense rage in this book. According to Merriam Webster dictionary, rage is “violent and uncontrolled anger” or “an intense feeling” (Merriam-Webster). I did not realize how much rage Achilles actually possessed until looking further into certain instances and scenes in the book. The first instant of Achilles’ rage occurs when Agamemnon and Achilles are arguing about need to return Chryses’ daughter. Agamemnon and Achilles throw insults and criticism back and forth when Agamemnon refuses, …show more content…
Although his friend’s death is sad, Achilles overreacts and believes that he has no will to live. He decides he must kill Hector and realizes now is his time to fight. There is much rage because of the longing for revenge and the mourning of his friend’s death. Achilles caused the Trojans to be very scared of him because they know of the rage that had been building in him. Achilles even kills Lycaon, a friend, and tells him right before death, “You die too, friend. Don’t take it hard.” (21.111) This shows a lot of anger and sociopathic tendencies. He begins to kill many Trojans and during one part of this aristeia, he battles the river god, Xanthus because he is continually throwing bodies into the river. Xanthus begins to win the fight but Athena and Poseidon save Achilles from defeat. This specific scene shows that the best of all the Greeks has a limit to his …show more content…
He says he will not eat until he kills Hector to get revenge for Patroclus. Before he does, Achilles refuses to make a deal of letting Hector’s parents and wife have his body. He stabs Hector and gives a death speech, mocking and making the death even more painful for Hector. Achilles then allows others to stab him with spears and then drags Hector’s body around many times. By this time, things have gone too far. He has not only killed Hector, but he made an honorable death a foolish one. Achilles can be seen here as inhumane in his rage. In the end Achilles must accept his fate. He makes a deal with Priam, his enemy, which shows how his rage is slowly coming to an end. He feeds Priam and gives him a place to sleep. During this part, Achilles begins to make peace with his decision to fight despite knowing that he is coming to the end of his

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