The Role Of Human Empowerment In Homer's The Iliad

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In Homer’s The Iliad not only is Achilles the main character, he is also the perfect depiction of what a self-sufficient man looks like. Sometimes we get the idea that we are able to accomplish and conquer anything without help. To add on, the point of human interaction is to create human empowerment. Human empowerment is the ability to come together as a unified whole. Thus when you are unified together as a group you can conquer, solve and learn from one another. Human interaction is also important for sanity and our abilities to understand our purpose/fate. However in The Iliad, Achilles son of the mortal Peleus (father) and the sea nymph Thetis (mother) seems to believe that he does not need anyone but himself. Achilles has this belief …show more content…
Achilles is set in a time of war, war is meant to be a communal effort. In terms of The Iliad Achilles is put under the command of Agamemnon and is supposed to present his loyalty to Menelaus and Agamemnon. Once Agamemnon takes Briseis away from Achilles, it seems as if his ego has immediately diminished and his pride has been lost. Briseis is a symbol of a prize in the eyes of a warrior, once Achilles is stripped of his prize he withdraws from the war and unleashes his beast like wrath on Agamemnon. In ancient Greece honor means everything to a soldier. “Look at the endless miles that lie between us, shadowy mountain ranges, seas that surge and thunder...we all followed you...to win your honor back...you dog-faced. What do you care? You don 't look right or left, now you threaten to strip me of my prize in person the one I fought for long and hard.” (The Iliad Lines 184-192 Book 1). This is the beginning of the quarrel between Agamemnon and Achilles that lasts a long period of time throughout The Iliad. In this statement Achilles is confronting his commander; he defies the idea of questioning authority. Furthermore Achilles proves that he is furious and in his own domain at this moment, calling Agamemnon and Menelaus “dog-faced” for basically fueling this war. This portion of the book portrays Achilles taking control of not the war but of himself. He is no longer going to be commanded or ordered around. If …show more content…
Achilles only goal is to fulfill his destiny of being glorified in a death through war. He believes the only person who can take him there is himself. Through conflicts with his selfish commander all the way up to the death of his good friend Patroclus, Achilles still believes that violence will solve all of his conflicts. Although Hector is more appreciative and aware of the Gods presence compared to Achilles who sometimes mocks the Gods, Hector still ends up dying before Achilles. Portraying how the Gods determine the fate of everyone based on preference of who they want to spare. As a final point Achilles is renowned as a hero, although today 's definition of a hero maybe someone who “flies” in and saves the day Achilles on the other hand would have been portrayed a hero by the Greeks, for his ability to conquer and lead. Some heroes wear capes while Achilles self-sufficiently wears honor and pride on his God like

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